Top Causes of Truck Accidents

Top Causes of Truck Accidents

Top Causes of Truck Accidents

By Jan Hoen

Being in an accident with a large truck or bus can be especially difficult, given the extensive damage that trucks cause when they collide with passenger vehicles. If you have been in an accident with a truck, you might be entitled to damages. It helps to understand the common causes of truck accidents and when compensation might be available to you. 

One of the experienced personal injury attorneys at Hampton Injury Law PLC is here to answer any questions you might have about your truck accident and to assess your rights. 

Speeding Truck Drivers

For a number of years, there was a public service campaign in the United States that advised the public of the reality that “speed kills.” This statement is even more true today, with some twenty-six percent of traffic fatalities in the United States being linked to speeding

When someone is behind the wheel of a large truck, the combination of speed and the momentum that comes with the huge weight that trucks carry can lead to serious accidents that, once started, even the most experienced truck drivers cannot stop. When a truck driver is going too fast, they might lose control or be unable to stop to avoid crashing into another vehicle or obstacle.

Distracted Driving

Driving a large truck requires that the driver keep their eyes on the road and their attention on their driving tasks. When drivers are engaging in any activity that takes their attention away from driving, whether using a smartphone or changing the radio, they are engaging in distracted driving. 

Each day in the United States, distracted driving causes about eight deaths on the road. The significant danger of driving while distracted applies to all vehicles, although when someone is driving a large truck or bus, distracted driving is all the more dangerous. 

Cargo Loading

Driver error is not the only cause of truck crashes, as improper cargo loading can also lead to accidents. Poorly loaded or secured cargo can throw a truck’s trailer off balance, which can cause a jackknife or rollover crash. Cargo issues can be particularly dangerous when it comes to tanker trucks or flatbed trucks, as cargo spills can cause widespread harm in those situations. 

If you have been in an accident with a truck, reaching out to a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible will help support the collection of evidence you need to prove the cause of your crash and liability for your injuries and losses. We work to make the most of your case and collect full damages

Connect with a Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer to Discuss your Truck Accident Now

Going through the injury claim process and negotiations without an attorney can be especially difficult and can lead to you not being paid the full amount of damages you are entitled to. To discuss options on how to collect the best possible compensation in your case, reach out to schedule a case evaluation with Hamilton Injury Law PLC today.

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