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Top causes of commercial truck accidents

by | Mar 8, 2022 | Commercial Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks are a common sight on Akron’s busy highways. Even the most careful of drivers may attempt to avoid large commercial trucks on the roads, fearing an accident. The fear is legitimate, as truck accidents often involve major injuries, usually to passengers in the smaller vehicle.

The aftermath of a truck accident can be catastrophic, with painful injuries that cause permanent damage. The cost of treatment from truck accident injuries is often astronomically high, and this is in addition to the mental and emotional anguish that truck accident victims typically experience.

These days, we often hear about accidents caused by drunk or distracted driving. While these are serious issues that contribute to a high number of truck accidents, the following have been cited as the top causes of truck accidents:

  • Mechanical defects
  • Fatigue
  • New routes

In terms of mechanical defects, tires are one of the most common mechanical defects that contribute to an accident. Truck drivers knowingly operating their vehicle with defective or worn-out tires are engaging in negligent behavior, which means they face liability if an accident occurs.

Most everyone is aware that truck drivers face grueling schedules and tight deadlines. The long hours operating a massive vehicle on busy highways mean that most truck drivers face a higher than usual level of fatigue. Truck drivers on familiar routes may be able to manage the fatigue better, but when placed on a new route, their response time may be delayed, or their driving more erratic, causing an accident.

Compensation may be available for victims

Truck accident victims may feel overwhelmed, especially in the immediate aftermath of an accident. The repercussions can have a devastating impact on victims and their family members. A personal injury claim may result in compensation for physical, mental and financial damages.