Without a doubt, truck accidents are the most serious types of automobile accidents our firm encounters. While car accidents can be brutal, the weight carried behind an 18-wheeler leaves nothing but devastation in its wake. While the end result is the same, there are several common causes of truck accidents that can cause injury and property damage. Here are just a few you need to know.
In order to stop a truck, there are several breaking mechanisms, and you need time and space to stop in time. If there is a failure due to defect or improper maintenance of a truck, it may not be able to stop. In many accident cases, the driver acted appropriately, but due to a defect or failure of the mechanical aspects of the truck, an accident occurred.
Truck drivers are held to a higher standard than a typical driver. They have to have a special drivers license and attend special training that prepares them for the challenges of driving a truck. However, drivers are often overworked with little time for sleep. Some drivers decide to drink and drive, or drive too fast. Driver error is one of the most common causes of truck accidents.
Bad weather is a common occurrence in North Texas. When severe storms hit, truck accidents are bound to happen. Couple the slick roads with heavy loads, and you have a recipe for disaster. To decrease your risk of truck accidents, give 18-wheelers extra space during bad weather and do not try to pass a truck or cut in front of a truck, especially in the rain.