Trucks are the largest vehicle on the road. They can weight up to 30 times more than a regular passenger car. Due to their massive size and weight, it makes the vehicle a lot more difficult to control than a smaller vehicle. Because of this, truck accidents are some of the most dangerous accidents that can happen on a road. If a driver is not careful, they may cause a very serious accident or even to another person on the road. If you have been involved in a truck accident, it is important to consult with an attorney.
Types of Accidents
There are several types of truck accidents that may happen on the road. The outcome of the accident may depend on the size of the other vehicle it collided with. Some accidents may include:
- Head-on collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Blind spot accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
Causes of Accidents
There are many dangerous factors that can cause an accident between a truck and another vehicle. Some factors may include:
- Safety regulations: Truck drivers may fail to follow safe road regulations if change lanes or pass other vehicles unsafely. This is also the case if they follow too closely behind other vehicles on the road.
- Reckless driving: If a truck drives erratically, it can be more difficult to control the vehicle and bring it to a stop. The average truck needs about the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop. If a truck driver is driving too fast or unsafely, it can be difficult to navigate the truck.
- Poor visibility: Because of their immense size, trucks have limited visibility on the road. Their blind spots often result in accidents by trapping other vehicles.
- Drowsy driving: Truck drivers are limited by federal law to how much time they are able to spend on the road. Drivers are allowed to work 11 hours within a 14-hour work day, allotting them no more than 70 hours of driving a week. If a driver breaks these laws, they may cause an accident due to tired driving.
- Mechanical problems: Trucks sometimes crash as a result of different mechanical issues. These issues may include tire blowouts, brake issues, breakdowns, and more.
An injured individual is required to prove that another party was negligent if they wish to hold them responsible for an injury. Many trucks on the road have a “black box” that records the speed the truck was driving before the accident occurred. After an accident, it is important to make sure this information is secured before it is possibly deleted.
Contact our Firm
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a truck accident and seek legal representation, contact the Law Offices of Mark L. Bodner, P.C. today.
At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of medical malpractice. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.