Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck Accident Attorneys Serving North & South Carolina
As the largest and heaviest vehicles on America’s roadways, commercial trucks present serious hazards if they are poorly maintained, negligently operated, or improperly loaded. When trucking companies and truck operators violate traffic laws or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, they may cause catastrophic collisions. If you have been injured in such an accident, we are here for you.
Crumley Roberts is here to help you through life’s most difficult moments. Our truck accident attorneys help individuals and families across North Carolina and South Carolina who have been injured in collisions with big rigs, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, tanker trucks, and other commercial vehicles. We realize that identifying the cause of a truck accident is essential to recovering compensation on a victim’s behalf, and as such we work tirelessly to review evidence and reconstruct the circumstances surrounding the crash.
A truck accident may have one or more contributing factors. When these are linked to FMSCA regulation violations or any type of negligence or wrongdoing, the truck operator or trucking company may be held liable. Some potential causes include:
- Truck driver negligence. This can take on many forms and may include: falling asleep at the wheel, distracted driving, speeding, unsafe lane changes, drug or alcohol use, tailgating, or texting while driving.
- FMCSA hours of service violations. Drivers who work for too many consecutive hours or days, in violation of FMSCA regulations, may make significant errors. Trucking companies who entice or force drivers to violate hours of service regulations could be held accountable.
- Poor truck maintenance. Large commercial trucks require continual maintenance, particularly for braking, steering, and suspension systems, to make sure everything is in working order. Poor maintenance may lead to brake failure, tire blowouts, and other serious problems.
- Improperly loaded trucks. A truck that is overloaded or has an imbalanced load will be more difficult to maneuver and may roll over or jackknife. Improperly secured truck loads may come loose and strike other vehicles, causing serious accidents.
- Truck driver inexperience. If a truck operator is inexperienced due to inadequate training, he or she may make a mistake that leads to a catastrophic collision. Examples may include unsafe lane changes, following other vehicles too closely, failure to check blind spots, and driving too fast for road conditions.
For help with any type of truck accident in North or South Carolina, please call (866) 691-0607. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns.