In comparison to a normal passenger vehicle, which weighs an average of
4,000 pounds, a large commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds,
making them some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Trucking
accidents can lead to serious injury and, in extreme cases, even death.
In this blog, our New Orleans truck accident attorney explains the most
common causes of truck accidents.
This is perhaps the most common cause of trucking accidents. According
to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers are
10 times more likely to be the cause of an accident than any other outside
factor. Speeding, extreme exhaustion, distractions, and even alcohol abuse
can all lead to driver error.
Manufacturing mistakes and design errors are both types of equipment failure
that can lead to a truck accident. Of all the truck accidents that are
caused by equipment failure, however, most mechanical errors are a result
of the truck driver failing to properly maintain the truck’s equipment.
Maintaining the upkeep of the truck’s tires, engine, brakes, and
transmission is its driver’s responsibility.
Heavy rain, strong winds and icy conditions can create a treacherous commute,
especially for truck drivers. Some extreme weather conditions impact visibility
for truck drivers, which can put other cars in potentially dangerous situations.
Large 18-wheelers have more difficulty swerving out of the way in the
event that there is an unexpected traffic hazard.
Driving in The “No-Zones”
A truck’s no-zones, or blind spots, are all the areas where the truck
driver loses sight of other vehicles. These areas include the zone directly
behind the truck, in front of the truck, and the zone directly beside
the truck’s right door, which extends all the way to the end of
the trailer. While safely passing on the left is always recommended, it
is extremely important when passing these large trucks.
The dedicated New Orleans truck accident attorneys have recovered hundreds
of millions of dollars for clients who have been injured as a result of
another’s wrongdoing. If you’re been injured after a trucking
accident, don’t hesitate to retain the representation you need from
Chehardy Sherman Williams. Call our office at (504) 217-2006 or request
an initial consultation online today.