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Leading Causes Of Truck Accidents
There are some measures you can take to help prevent trucking accidents when you are on the road. In order to avoid a trucking accident, it is important to be aware of the circumstances that most often lead to truck accidents so you can be better prepared.
Passenger Vehicle Driver Error
Negligence on the road is common among all drivers. While truck drivers are no exception to this, studies show approximately 81% of trucking accidents are actually caused by the passenger vehicles.
Other causes include:
- Driver failing to pay attention to movements of the truck (driving in a blind spot or failing to recognize a truck that is decelerating, making a turn or changing lanes)
- Making a left turn in front of the truck
- Driver failing to properly pass a truck
- Driver’s failure to compensate for a truck’s air resistance (this results in a vehicle becoming caught in the commercial truck’s crosswind)
- Driving in between two trucks
- Changing lanes dangerously
- Failure to signal
- Driving in the truck’s blind spot– It is important to be aware of all blind spots on large trucks.
One of the most common causes of trucking accidents is motor vehicles traveling in a truck’s blind spot. This is avoidable if you educate yourself on the 4 most common blind spots. These include:
a. The front of the truck cab
b. Behind the driver side window
c. The right side of the truck
d. Behind the driver storage area
A truck accident attorney at Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. can help if you have been involved in a truck accident due to any of the reasons stated above. An experienced truck accident attorney has seen many different types of cases and will be able to know how to fight to get the compensation you deserve.
Truck Driver Error
Lack of attention or distracted driving
There are three major categories of motorist distractions:
a. Visual – these distractions take the driver’s eyes off the road
b. Cognitive – these distractions take the driver’s mind off the task at hand
c. Manual – these distractions take the driver’s hands off the wheel
Truck drivers have a schedule upon which they must deliver their items, but traffic and things outside of their control can cause them to sometimes fall behind. Sometimes, in an effort to get back on track, drivers may engage in activities that are considered visual, manual and cognitive distractions to make up lost time. This normally means multitasking and doing other activities while also driving. Since truck drivers spend long hours inside their trucks, many truck drivers eat their meals behind the wheel. They are also known to make use of a CB radio, talk on their cell phone, may attempt to navigate using a GPS system while driving, send text messages, smoke, and some even shave while driving! Other vehicles, billboards, and landmarks are the three main distractions outside of the truck that contribute to the estimated 11,000 truck crashes that have taken place over a three-year span. All of these things mentioned are well-known causes of distracted driving accidents and a truck accident attorney especially knows and has seen just how devastating it can be for others when drivers engage in these behaviors.
Driving under the influence of alcohol, medication or drugs
Poor Vehicle Maintenance
Worn out brake pads
Truck drivers are expected to check their trucks at the start of their shift and to fill out and file a maintenance report. Unfortunately, this is also not always completed and the results of skipping this can sometimes be catastrophic.
Lack Of Skill
Undiagnosed Medical Conditions
A Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You Recover
Your truck accident attorney will make contact with the insurance carrier on your behalf as well as the lawyers representing the offending vehicle. A truck accident attorney will work on your behalf while you recover from any injuries that you might have sustained during the collision. Attending doctor’s appointments and recovering from injuries to your back, neck, upper and lower extremities will require all of your effort and focus. A skilled truck accident attorney at Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. will make contact with the insurance carriers, deal with your medical billing, and aggressively pursue maximum recovery for your injuries.
Contact A Truck Accident Attorney At Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. Today
In the event your case is unable to settle, your truck accident attorney will file a lawsuit against the offending owner and operator of the commercial truck. Your truck accident attorney will fight for your rights from the start of the lawsuit until the time of trial. This will require complicated legal maneuvers that only an experienced truck accident attorney is qualified to handle.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a truck, your first order of business should be to consult with a truck accident attorney in your area today. At the law offices of Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. we believe in working with our clients and listening to their concerns. We are here to take the stress of the legal process off of you. Contact a truck accident attorney at Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. today to schedule your free consultation.
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