2 Common Causes of Serious Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are particularly devastating because of the sheer size and weight of the vehicles involved. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, slightly fewer than 4,000 people died in accidents with large trucks in 2012, and more than 100,000 people sustained serious injuries. In total, more than 330,000 large trucks were in crashes across the country during that period, often leaving lasting devastation in their wake.

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There are many reasons why trucks crash, but certain causes occur more frequently than others. Truck accidents can impact even the most cautious and skilled drivers. If you are suffering from injuries sustained in a truck crash, a Seattle personal-injury lawyer may be able to help.

At Richard McKinney Law, we specialize in helping accident victims recover damages for medical expenses and lost wages, and we may be able to do the same for you. Call us today at 844-933-1605 to schedule an appointment with a qualified personal-injury lawyer so we can evaluate your case and determine if you may have a valid claim.

Here are two of the most common causes of serious truck accidents:

  1. Mechanical Failure

According to Transportation.org, mechanical or equipment failure is a common reason behind serious truck crashes. Trucks are large, intricate vehicles, and the failure of one key component can have serious implications.

Trucks also require regular maintenance, and while catastrophic failure of components such as breaks and tires are possible, drivers and trucking companies can avoid many of these with simple checks and maintenance.

Poor truck maintenance can lead to a range of issues, including brake failure, inadequate steering, tire blowouts and transmission failure. Smaller details like lighting can also make a significant difference, and defective lighting can mean other vehicles are not aware of the truck on the road.

  1. Driver Error

Driver error is still the main reason behind most truck crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Research by FMCSA indicates that driver error, or the driver’s failure to react appropriately in certain events, caused more than 88 percent of accidents in 2012.

Driver error includes a wide range of factors, such as speeding, distracted driving, alcohol and lack of experience. Fatigue and sleep depravation play a significant role in causing drivers to make these mistakes, and considering many professional truckers have to drive through the night to meet tough deadlines and delivery dates, it is a major concern for law enforcement officials. According to the FMCSA, even the most skilled drivers will falter without adequate sleep, and the consequences can be catastrophic.

If you were in a crash with a truck and you sustained serious injuries, call Seattle truck accident lawyer Richard McKinney for advice. Richard McKinney received his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, and he will treat your case with the care and attention it deserves.

If we can determine that either the truck driver or trucking company was negligent, you may be able to file a claim to recover medical expenses and lost wages. Call us today at 844-933-1605 to schedule an appointment.