Top Causes of Trucking Accidents

Top Causes of Trucking Accidents

roadAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 438,000 large trucks were involved in reported crashes during 2014 and they estimate that this number continues to rise, resulting in thousands of deaths and injuries. Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents involve driver error, weather conditions, and truck equipment failure, to name a few. Drug use – prescription, over-the-counter, and illicit – and drunk driving are particularly common causes of accidents as they impact the driver’s reaction time, lack of coordination, vision, and ability to assess surroundings. Speeding is another major cause of trucking accidents and one that potentially has even deadlier results due to the force of impact. Other driver related errors include physical impairment, such as a heart attack or illness, distracted driving, and fatigue.

Truck equipment failure such as brake problems, tire problems, and cargo shifting are also common causes of these accidents despite regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which requires truck drivers and companies to regularly maintain and perform inspections. Additionally, environment related factors have a place among this list. Roadway issues, traffic flow interruption, and severe weather conditions are perhaps not as common as driver errors, but still make up a sizeable percentage of trucking accidents, especially due to the size of and weight of trucks, which render them more difficult to control compared to small vehicles.

Missouri accounts for more than 3,000 injuries and hundreds of deaths caused by trucking accidents. At Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C., our firm has, for over 40 years, been fighting for justice in a variety of cases, many of which were truck accidents. In that time, we have secured over $7 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. We particularly specialize in cases related to drunk driving, mechanical defect, and employer negligence.

Contact the attorneys at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. at (417) 855-2022 for a free case evaluation.

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