What are some common causes of trucking accidents?

It can be jarring to drive down the highway and see the aftermath of a trucking accident. These accidents tend to cause quite a bit of damage and it is not uncommon to see semi-trucks tipped over on the side of the road when these accidents occur – not to mention the damage to any other vehicles that might have been involved in the wreck. But, just how do these types of accidents happen?

There are, of course, any number of potential causes, many of which are the same as the causes of other car accidents that only involve passenger vehicles; namely, distracted driving, drunk driving and even drowsy driving. But, in trucking accidents in particular, there are a few other causes that might have come into play.

First, the truck driver may not have had adequate training to handle the vehicle. Let’s face it – semi-trucks and other large trucks are much different to operate than a simple passenger car. It takes special training and, if that training is deficient, a serious trucking accident might occur. Speeding is another common cause of trucking accidents, as truck drivers may feel like they are under tremendous pressure to deliver their loads quickly. Improperly loaded trucks can also cause serious trucking accidents.

Each accident is unique

If you have been involved in a collision with a large truck, the facts and circumstances of your case will be unique. If you are thinking about taking legal action, a thorough review of the potential causes of the trucking accident you were involved in is likely to be part of the initial steps. For more information about how we might be able to help, please visit the trucking accident overview section of our law firm’s website.