Determining What Caused Your Truck Accident
After an auto accident, you may need to work with a skilled attorney to determine who or what was at fault, especially if the crash resulted in significant injuries and property damage. Due to their size, accidents involving semi-trucks and tractor-trailers lead to some of the most serious injuries. When you are involved in a truck accident, there are a variety of unique factors you must take into consideration.
The following are a few of the most common causes of trucking accidents:
- Driver error. By far the most common cause of truck accidents, driver error is 10 times more likely than any other factor in a given crash. Although many of the same factors that affect regular drivers (prescription drugs, alcohol, inattention, distraction, speeding, etc.) may lead to a truck accident, the most common cause is fatigue due to sleep deprivation. This is unique to truck accidents because so many drivers push themselves to stay out on the road for long hours to ensure that they meet their deadlines. When doing so, they may even violate federal regulations.
- Equipment problems. Any problems that occur with a truck’s equipment are typically either a result of manufacturing errors or maintenance failures. Defective parts, like brakes or tires, are common issues. But more often, the condition of the equipment degrades because a trucking company fails to engage in regular maintenance. This may constitute negligence.
- Improper loading. There are very stringent guidelines for how to load semi-trucks. They cannot be overloaded because it could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle more easily. They also should not be loaded with an uneven weight distribution, as it could make it more likely that the vehicle will tip on its side, particularly if there are high winds.
After a truck accident in Florida, be sure to work with a dedicated Tampa personal injury lawyer the Matassini Law Firm, P.A. to investigate the circumstances of the crash and determine fault. Call us at 813.379.2007 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.