Due to the size difference and the force of the collision, wrecks involving 18-wheelers often lead to fatalities or other severe injuries to the occupants in small passenger cars and trucks. These motor vehicle accidents can be life-changing for anyone involved.
While a motor vehicle collision can be caused by countless factors, there are three common elements than can lead to a truck crash, including:
- Inadequate driver training: Commercial truck drivers must complete numerous training courses and driver certifications. Unfortunately, the training and trainers might not share the same level of expertise for all involved. A driver who is not properly trained and prepared for hazardous situations including road safety, traffic patterns and weather trouble can cause collisions with life-changing results.
- Improper loading and maintenance: The safety of the truck is largely dependent on its maintenance schedule. Worn tires and faulty brakes are only two crucial components of the vehicle’s safety systems that can lead to devastating collisions. Additionally, if the truck’s load is improperly balanced, it can hinder the driver’s ability to safely navigate corners, causing collisions.
- Driver negligence: Unfortunately, this factor is generally considered the single largest category of crash contributors. Driver negligence can include impaired driving, distracted driving and drowsy driving. While these factors can impact drivers of all vehicles and experience levels, commercial truck drivers are trusted to be professional and avoid distractions and recognize when they are too tired to continue.
A collision with a truck can often lead to devastating property damage and catastrophic injuries. It is not uncommon for the occupants of smaller vehicles to face life-or-death situations. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a truck collision, do not hesitate to seek guidance from a skilled legal professional.