It goes without saying how damaging a truck accident can be, regardless if you are behind the wheel of the truck or sharing the road with the vehicle. Large trucks are massive, often weighing 20 to 30 times more than smaller automobiles. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, in 2016, a total of 3,986 people died in large truck crashes.
Though a truck accident can occur as easily as any vehicular crash, it is important to learn how a truck accident can transpire, as this information could help prevent a wreck from taking place.
Common Causes of a Truck Accident
Poor weather conditions. When road conditions are bad due to weather, driving any vehicle can be difficult. However, because of their size and weight, controlling a truck can be specifically troubling. Therefore, when roads are slick from rain or hard to navigate from the fog, it is imperative to be even more aware of your surroundings.
Violation of traffic laws. Traffic laws should be followed by all drivers who get behind the wheel of any vehicle. The fact can be argued that it is even more important for those driving a truck to be cautious of all laws, such as traveling at the speed limit, using a turn signal, and sharing the road. Unfortunately, following traffic laws cannot stop a truck accident from taking place, but doing so can lower the risk of danger.
Mechanical failure. Mechanical failure is common for any vehicle. However, when a large truck experiences mechanical failure, the consequences can be particularly devastating. These mechanical failures generally include bad brakes, faulty exhaust systems, and a failed defroster. It is the responsibility of the truck driver to ensure his or her vehicle is functioning properly.
Truck accidents are dangerous and life-threatening, but more so when you are not prepared for them. If you or someone you know has been involved in this type of crash, you could benefit from contacting a truck accident attorney at The Law Office of C. Ray Carlson. Do not face this challenging time alone.
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