Common Causes of Truck Accidents - Future Firm Law Tampa Florida Personal Injury Attorneys

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Car accidents, as well as motorcycle accidents, can obviously be terrible. But accidents involving a huge commercial truck are often much worse. The biggest reason is the sheer difference in size between a truck and whatever kind of vehicle it might hit. The results are often disastrous, since vehicle drivers and passengers are subjected to incredibly powerful forces.

Here’s a look at some of the more common reasons these horrible accidents take place. If you’ve suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party (or parties), the skilled attorneys with Future Firm Law will be ready to provide you with passionate representation. We won’t ever make any promises – no reputable firm ever would. But we can guarantee that we will do everything we can to help you obtain every penny you deserve.

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Driver Fatigue

When a truck driver gets behind the wheel, they have the responsibility to be mentally and physically sharp at all times. There are, however, far too many instances where they’re anything but – simply because they’re exhausted. When this happens, the results can be catastrophic.

There are several federal regulations that clearly state how long someone is supposed to be behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle, such as a truck. But drivers – as well as their employers – will often ignore those rules in an effort to meet deadlines.

Driving Under the Influence

It’s unfathomable how someone could try to operate an 80,000-pound commercial truck while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Incredibly, truck drivers do just that far too often. When they do, it doesn’t take much of an imagination to see what the consequences of that ridiculously reckless decision can be.

Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving - Common Causes of Truck Accidents - Future Firm Law Tampa Florida Personal Injury Attorneys

A truck driver can be distracted just like anyone else. They might be texting or talking on their smartphone, changing the radio station, or simply looking out the window daydreaming. When they don’t have 100% of their focus on the road, they can easily make a mistake that turns tragic.

Reckless Driving

Any kind of mistake a truck driver makes is magnified, simply because the risks of life-changing injuries – or worse – are so great. It’s bad enough to drive a passenger car or motorcycle when angry or frustrated. That can lead to reckless behaviors, such as darting in and out of lanes, speeding, and many others. Truck drivers have bad days, too. But when they take their frustrations out on the road, every other motorist will be in extreme danger.

Inexperienced Drivers

Trucking companies are having an increasingly hard time finding people to drive their rigs. The hours can be incredibly hard, with drivers often having to spend days without any sort of human interaction. They have to stay away from their families for weeks – or even months – at a time.

But freight still has to be transported across the country, and deadlines don’t stop for anyone. That means trucking operators will sometimes have to turn to inexperienced – and sometimes even unqualified – drivers. That makes the chances of a devastating wreck even higher.

Improper Loading

It takes a lot of work to load a commercial truck, of course, but it also takes a lot of care. Many trucking companies have their own employees load cargo, but others outsource this job to third parties. No matter who loads the truck, if they do so negligently they could directly cause an accident.

Suppose a load shifts inside the bed of a truck because it wasn’t secured. That could cause the entire truck to roll over, causing a potentially catastrophic accident as a result. If this happens, the party that was responsible for loading the cargo could be held liable.

Defective Parts

There are some accidents that are beyond the control of a truck driver or even a trucking company. Manufacturers can sometimes design or produce a part in a negligent manner. If that part fails, and an accident occurs as a result, then the victim may be able to sue that manufacturer.

Lack of Maintenance

Truck Maintenance - Common Causes of Truck Accidents - Future Firm Law Tampa Florida Personal Injury Attorneys

Instead of focusing on the safety of the people who drive near their trucks, trucking companies will often focus on chasing profits instead. This means they’ll take shortcuts in an effort to make deadlines – and make more money. One of the worst is neglecting to perform even basic maintenance, such as checking the tires, the brakes, and other critical components. If you were hurt in an accident caused by a lack of maintenance, you may be able to take legal action against the owner of the truck.

Poor Road Conditions

No matter how experienced a truck driver may be, there are times where the weather gets too dangerous to drive. It could be a slick road due to a heavy rainstorm, or a road could get icy. Whatever the reason may be, it doesn’t take much for a trucker to lose control in dangerous conditions. That, of course, will increase the chances for an accident that leads to severe injuries.

Contact Future Firm Law if You’ve Been Involved in a Truck Accident

At Future Firm Law, we have a team of seasoned attorneys who truly care about our clients. If you’ve suffered a serious injury, or lost a loved one, in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we will work incredibly hard to see to it that you receive the justice you deserve.

Our firm has the resources needed to perform a thorough investigation of the accident, uncovering the evidence it will take to make your case as strong as it can possibly be. We’ll negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company to get you a fair settlement. But if that offer isn’t forthcoming, we’ll have the knowledge and skill needed to prove your case in court.

Schedule a free review of your case by giving us a call at (813) 771-6353 or using our online contact form as soon as possible.

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