Top 9 Causes Of Trucking Accidents
In some situations, passenger vehicles are the ones responsible for trucking accidents. But oftentimes trucking accidents occur because of the truck driver, trucking company, or a third party (such as the truck or parts manufacturer, the shipper of the truck’s cargo, or the loader of the truck’s cargo).
Here are the top 9 causes of trucking accidents:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Truck driver disregarding the rules of the road
- Under-inflated tires
- Truck driver substance abuse
- Faulty/defective truck parts
- Improper braking
- Blind spots
- Reckless or careless driving
With the right training (which many truck drivers do receive), most of the factors listed above can be prevented or reduced. But issues related to speeding, fatigue, and substance abuse may be more problematic. The trucking industry encourages horribly-long hours and incentivizes fast delivery. These are just a couple of reasons that speeding and driver fatigue are such big problems. Many truckers work alone, which means they’re required to stay awake for long lengths of time in order to get the job done. This is why substance abuse is becoming a more common problem with truckers, too.
If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident, you may be able to recover damages. A Greenville South Carolina truck accident attorney can help determine what options you need to take to get the compensation you deserve.