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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

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.

Driver Error

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.

Equipment Failure

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.

Weather Conditions

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.