Common Causes of Truck Accident
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While there are several variables involved in any accident, many crashes
are caused by the same root causes. Truck accidents in particular are
often the result of driver error. Errors can take the form of improper
maintenance, fatigue, drug use, or simple inattention. Weighing up to
40 tons, operating a truck negligently is what leads to severe, life-altering,
and even fatal truck crashes.
If you’ve been in a crash with a commercial vehicle, call our
New Orleans truck accident lawyer at (504) 265-1600 today. Learn more about what caused your accident below.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration believes that
driver fatigue is a factor in 40% of truck collisions. What caused fatigue
to become a widespread problem? The desire to remain competitive—trucking
companies pushed tough deadlines onto drivers, encouraging them to drive
through the night or in extended shifts. The result was a higher rate
of truck drivers crashing their vehicles on the highway.
That’s why the Department of Transportation implemented
federal trucking regulations that place limits on weekly driving hours for trucking companies in 2011.
Large companies are already fighting these limits, but the use of logbooks
and weigh station checks has kept truckers accountable to their daily
Improper Maintenance (Leading to Brake or Tire Failure)
The Department of Transportation requires truck drivers to do a daily maintenance
check of their rig. Daily Vehicle Inspection Reports should include service
brakes, steering, tires, wheels, headlights, and other basic functions.
Should their truck fail the maintenance check, they need to seek repair
from the trucking company before continuing to drive that vehicle. This
report is required to be in writing, and drivers are accountable for ensuring
that their reports are honest and thorough.
Related to fatigue, many truck drivers have chosen to solve their drowsiness
problem with a worse solution: psychoactive drugs. Methamphetamine use
has recently increased among truck drivers, particularly cross-country
big-rig drivers who have demanding deadlines and not enough sleep.
While methamphetamine and cocaine both induce wakefulness, they also cause
dizziness, hallucination, and changes in perception. For a professional
driver, these are not acceptable side-effects. A recent report from Brazil
(which included a survey of U.S. drivers) found that up to 30% of drivers
used meth on a drive—and 50% admitted to drinking and driving. The
likelihood that the driver who struck you was impaired is more likely
than you think.
Ultimately, the point of knowing what caused your truck accident is knowing
how you can hold your wrongdoers accountable. Truck companies have the
power to conduct drug testing, assign more doable deadlines, and maintain
their fleet—when they don’t, they should be held responsible
for the results.
Call (504) 265-1600 or contact the Cossé Law Firm LLC online to
take up your case. We offer
free case evaluations to get you answers and help hold negligent trucking companies accountable.