When most people think of tractor-trailer truck accidents a horrible sight comes to mind. According to The United States Department of Transportation tractor trailer trucks are involved in an estimated 500,000 accidents every year in the United States. The average number of fatalities, each year is roughly 50,000 and the majority of the fatalities are drivers/passengers in a car/pick-up truck or motorcycle. Of course, not all of the accidents are caused by the tractor trailer driver. In fact, statistics show that 75% of the accidents are caused by the other vehicle.
When a tractor-trailer driver is at fault for an accident it is usually the result of one of the five causes listed below.
When a truck is not loaded properly it can cause the cargo to move around and become unevenly distributed. An undistributed load in the trailer can cause the truck to tip over. If the load is not evenly distributed and properly secured in place the cargo can spilled out on to the highway and cause a multiple pile up. Unfortunately, this happens more often than not and this can also cause the truck driver to lose control of the truck and crash.
Weather conditions play a major role on the safety of tractor-trailers. One would think that with the truck being so heavy it would have more traction and have an easier time staying on the road/in the lane - however, there may be some truth to that but, bad weather also makes it very difficult for a large truck to stop quickly and that is when the accident is most likely to happen.
No driver is perfect, at some time or another every driver will make an error that causes an accident. However, some driver errors can be prevented. The most common errors (intentional and unintentional) made by truck drivers include the following:
- Use of illegal or prescription drugs
- Driver fatigue/falling asleep at the wheel
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol
- Not checking blind spots or looking in mirrors before changing lanes
- Talking on a cell phone or CB radio any type of distraction
- Not paying attention
- Common driving errors - such as not using a turn signal.
We don’t have to tell you that being involved in an accident with a tractor trailer can be a life altering event. You are reading this article, so you survived and know all too well the damage an accident can cause - physically, mentally, and emotionally. Retain the Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia tractor trailer accident lawyers today.
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