Any accident that involves a semi-truck, tractor-trailer, or 18-wheeler will create a greater force of impact than an accident involving only cars or motorcycles. Individuals who are involved in a trucking accident may develop serious debilitating injuries, including disfiguring burns and spinal cord trauma. To ensure that trucking accident victims receive adequate compensation, it’s important that they hire an experienced personal injury attorney. Here are a few of the most common causes of trucking accidents:
Truck drivers are required to spend their days traveling long, monotonous roads throughout the country. As a result, many drivers become inattentive to dangers on the road and may fail to respond to approaching hazards. Other drivers don’t get the sleep they need to drive safely. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets a maximum time limit for truck driving shifts and requires drivers to be off-duty for ten consecutive hours prior to the start of a shift. If a driver fails to abide by these rules, he or she may experience fatigue during the day and fall asleep behind the wheel.
Though driver error is the most common cause of trucking accidents, sometimes a truck-manufacturing defect plays a role. For example, damage to the tire sidewall can cause air to rapidly escape from the tires and increase the vehicle’s chances of experiencing a tire blowout. Other hazards can be created when equipment isn’t securely fastened to the back of a truck and rolls off in transport.
Fog, heavy rainfall, and extreme wind can all make it incredibly difficult for a truck driver to see the road ahead and safely maintain control of his or her vehicle. This is especially true if the driver isn’t paying attention or isn’t properly trained to handle these kinds of situations.
Since 1994, Malman Law of Chicago has provided personal injury victims with effective legal representation. We offer our clients with the tools and information they need to protect their rights and navigate the legal system. To schedule a consultation, call (312) 983-6193.
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