Commercial trucking accidents can result in serious financial, physical, and emotional harm to the victim of the collision. Commercial trucks and passenger vehicle collisions may even result in the death of the motorist or passengers. This is the reason that the Georgia legal system allows for victims to pursue compensation for the damages inflicted. A skilled truck accident attorney can help their client recover financial compensation in such cases.
Following an initial consultation, a truck accident attorney will immediately begin an investigation to determine the cause of the commercial trucking accident. This information is pertinent to the case and can help establish responsibility.
Common Causes of Commercial Trucking Accidents
There is no singular cause for a commercial truck accident. Each collision is unique and the result of a cause, or causes, that can only be determined with a careful investigation of the evidence and facts. That being said, some causes of commercial truck collisions are more common than others. Here are a few of the most commonly reported causes of commercial trucking accidents.
- Speeding. Many accidents are a result of the truck driver going over the safe speed limit. According to federal regulations, commercial trucks can weigh a maximum of 80,000 pounds. The impressive weight of a commercial truck means that excess speeds can increase the force of impact. Speeding can be deadly when a heavy commercial truck collides with a much smaller vehicle. Speeding in any car can make it difficult to stop in time when there is an obstruction in the road. It’s particularly difficult for a speeding commercial truck to make a quick, emergency stop. It’s important for truck drivers to follow speed limits for the safety of everyone on the road.
- Driver Fatigue. A truck driver can cover thousands of miles in a just a few days. There is financial incentive for the driver to cover as much ground as possible in a short amount of time. For this reason, regulations are in place requiring the drivers to take breaks for sleep and rest. This is to prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue, but these accidents can still happen.
- Improper Maintenance. Not properly maintaining commercial trucks can result in collisions. Trucking companies are responsible for maintaining the trucks for safety and must document all maintenance checks to remain in compliance. Failing to do so could result in an accident and would put the trucking company at fault.
- Equipment Failure. Even with proper maintenance sometimes equipment fails. This can be due to a malfunction or defective part. In this case, it’s possible that a third party such as the manufacturer of the auto part would be responsible. Inclement weather and road conditions can also cause the failure or breaking of equipment leading to a wreck.
- Distracted Driving. Commercial truck drivers spend a long time on the road and can get distracted just like any other driver. Mobile devices are a main cause of distraction. Texting, phone calls, and using a phone’s GPS mapping can all lead to an unsafe distraction on the road.