How Truck Driver Negligence Can Contribute to Crashes
Truck driver behaviors and misconduct contribute to more than one in every three deadly truck accidents that occurs in the U.S. each year.1 While that may be as shocking as it is troublesome to consider, it can be far more distressing to know that, when truck accidents happen, the people in the passenger vehicles are at least three times more likely (than truck occupants) to be hurt or killed in the crash.2
At Buckingham Barrera Law Firm, our attorneys understand how profoundly devastating the impacts of truck accidents can be – especially when those crashes (and the resulting injuries and deaths) could have been prevented had a truck driver simply been more responsible and careful. That is just one of the reasons why our lawyers are prepared to fight for your rights to recovery following any type of trucking accident.
Experienced and dedicated, our lawyers have the insight and skills you can count on to help you hold negligent truck drivers accountable so you can maximize your recovery and focus on restoring your life.
Most Common Forms of Truck Driver Negligence That Cause Wrecks
Truck driver negligence that can play a role in causing crashes can arise in various forms. Most commonly, however, trucker negligence that contributes to wrecks3 involves:
Speeding – This is the single most common way in which trucker negligence causes crashes, including deadly wrecks. Additionally, some of the latest research indicates that nearly 75 percent of truck accidents that involve truckers speeding occur when drivers are traveling at speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour (and in excess of the posted speed limits).
Driver inattention or distraction – Distracted truckers contribute to at least 6 percent of all deadly truck crashes that occur annually in the U.S. Some of the most common forms of trucker inattention that causes wrecks include using cellphones while driving, reaching for something in the truck cabin, eating and adjusting vehicle-related controls while driving.
Driver impairment – Trucker impairment, which plays a role in at least 4 percent of all deadly truck accidents, can include alcohol and drug impairment, as well as driver fatigue and emotion-related impairment (e.g., road rage).
In addition to these factors, other ways in which trucker negligence can – and often does – lead to trucking accident include by (but not necessarily limited to) truckers’ failures to:
Obey any traffic laws – Failing to stop at red lights, not using indicators before turning, and failing to yield the right-of-way are all examples of traffic violations that can cause truck crashes.
Inspect and/or maintain trucks – This can apply both before long hauls, as well as during travel.
Comply with any trucking regulations – Failing to abide by trucking weight limits and failing to properly secure trucks’ loads are just a few examples of these types of violations that can lead to truck wrecks.
Proving Truck Driver Negligence
When truck driver negligence causes crashes, some evidence that may prove that this form of negligence was a factor in a wreck can include (and is by no means limited to):
- Police investigations and reports
- Witness statements
- Accident reconstruction reports
- Truckers’ driving logs and driving records, as well as their licensing/credentials
- Trucking company records related to the driver
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm
If you have been hurt in a truck crash that may have involved trucker negligence, you can rely on a truck accident lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm for vigorous advocacy and experienced help with your financial recovery. Since 1990, our trusted lawyers have been committed to helping truck accident victims protect their rights and pursue all available legal remedies.
As fierce litigators with a strong record of success, our lawyers are skilled at going up any daunting opponents to help our clients obtain compensation for their injuries and losses. Although we cannot undo the past, we are here for you now – and our representation can make a big difference in your recovery and future.
Call (432) 570-1919 or email our firm via the contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers. When you meet with us, you can get clear, honest answers about your rights and best options for recovery.
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1: According to the latest reports from regulators at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
2: According to findings from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
3: All truck accident data and statistics discussed in this section are also from authorities at the FMCSA