The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported a 20 percent increase
in trucking accidents in the last 20 years. Although the commercial truck
industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, the accidents involving these
large vehicles can result in serious injury and, in some cases, death.
In this blog, our Fort Worth truck accident attorney explains the most
common causes of trucking accidents.
According to the FMCSA, driver error is ten times more likely to be the
cause of a trucking accident than any other factor. A driver error can
include distraction, exhaustion, or drug and alcohol abuse. Any one of
these factors alone can seriously impair a driver’s ability to operate
a large commercial truck.
Although the FMCSA requires all truck drivers to follow safety regulations,
some drivers fail to perform yearly quality inspection checks on their
trucks, which can result in an equipment failure while driving. Equipment
failure can range from a manufacturing error such as defective tires to
mechanical issues such as improperly maintained brakes.
Tumultuous weather conditions can pose a big risk on road safety. High
wind speeds can cause the trailer of a semi-truck to flip over and heavy
rain or snow can greatly reduce visibility for truck drivers. Because
the truck’s size and weight is 20 times larger than that of a normal
passenger vehicle, it’s extremely difficult for trucks to brake
abruptly should the weather cause an unexpected road block.
Trucks often carry an extremely heavy cargo and if loaded improperly, it
can lead to a catastrophic accident. A load that is not balanced can cause
the trailer to flip over and loads that are not properly secured can fall
off the bed of the truck towards any vehicles driving behind it.
Our Fort Worth trucking accident attorneys at the Law Office of James M.
Stanley have been advocating for the wrongfully injured since 1976. We
offer home and hospital visits and provide around-the-clock legal assistance.
Call us today at (817) 591-4222 or fill out our online form to schedule
your free consultation.