Accidents involving small cars and large trucks make up over 60% of accidents. The truck driver is often at fault, however they are faced with the dilemma that claiming liability may cause them to lose their job, so it is not uncommon for the truck driver to blame the driver of the small car.
7 Common Causes of Accidents Facilitated By Drivers
Phone usage (texting and/or talking)
This is one of the most common reasons why accidents are caused, and because it is an offense with high penalization, most drivers will shift blame and deny fault. There are high odds that there would be no evidence to support phone usage, and in turn, it is hard to judge or prove liability.
Unsafe lane changes
This is failing to permit another car to safely merge into a lane, or generally changing lanes unsafely. This often occurs where there are no cameras, traffic lights, or police nearby.
Abrupt stops and high speeds
Because trucks are so heavy and powerful and can also operate at high speeds, this can make them a lethal machine in a variety of circumstances, both right and wrong. If a truck is put in a situation where it is forced slow down or stop in a sudden manner, it may not be possible for the truck. Due to this, the truck has the capability of crushing anything in it’s path, including other vehicles.
An unsteady state of mind
Drivers that are using heavy medication or who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have improper judgment of situations and ultimately lose concentration. If a truck driver is required to make quick decisions to avoid an accident, this may not be possible if they are intoxicated or not operating at 100% of their ability.
As most truck drivers are compensated according to the mileage they drive, this can cause a dangerous incentive to extend the hours they drive and overwork themselves beyond the limits that are even legal. This leads to fatigue, delayed response times, and improper decision-making skills. This is another leading cause of accidents involving truck drivers.
Failure to slow down or obey road signs in toll points, urban areas, or construction zones
When a truck driver is driving in a reckless manner, they are not the only ones in danger. Other vehicles, pedestrians, and road workers are as well.
Unsafe turns or following too closely
If a truck driver makes a very wide turn when the lane lines or intersection lines are not clear, or when they do not anticipate driving distance between vehicles accurately, there is high chance of an accident.
Call an attorney today if you have been in an accident that you believe was caused by a truck driver who refuses to take responsibility for his or her actions. Your case will be reviewed by an attorney, like a trucking accident lawyer can count on, and you will have a platform to discuss your legal options and the ability to develop a strategy plan to recoup damages from the party held liable.