Large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, semi-trucks and other large commercial trucks, are a common sight on Mississippi highways. Drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles often don’t stand a chance when truckers make driving mistakes.
If you were severely injured in an accident with a truck, you don’t want to spend your time worrying about how to recover money for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. You need to concentrate on your recovery.
Why it matters
Are you wondering how it can help to know some of the common factors that contribute to truck accidents? It’s the details you notice that matter. Recognition of common causes of accidents can make you subconsciously look for signs of fault if you are ever involved in one.
Common causes of truck accidents
If you know what to look for, your brain may automatically store details that can help you prove your personal injury case. Review these common causes, and stay safe on those roads.
Drowsy driving is a growing safety issue for all motorists, but especially for drivers in the trucking industry. Long working hours with little down time can result in chronic fatigue and sleep apnea. Drowsy driving can slow down reaction times and significantly impair a driver’s ability to drive. The risks are increased when the driver is behind the wheel of a vehicle that may weigh several tons.
Tires may be some of the most important parts of a large truck. Any failure of the truck driver to properly maintain the tires on a truck can be considered negligence as the chances of a vehicle accident occurring from a tire-related issue are increased. Bald tires on a large truck can result in tire blowouts at high driving speeds and can affect how well the driver is able to maneuver the truck.
Although large truck drivers should always practice safe driving habits and should be aware of when a vehicle is entering or leaving their blind spots, drivers of passenger vehicles should never assume that their smaller vehicle is visible to the other driver. In fact, because of the size of large trucks, their blind spots are much more extensive than those of other vehicles. The blind spots include areas that are located:
- Directly in front of and behind the truck
- Alongside the truck for entire length of the cab and trailer
Large commercial trucks are extremely heavy and can be difficult to navigate even without any added weight. When the truck has been illegally overloaded, despite being subject to weight limits, the added weight can be a significant factor in an accident. An overloaded truck can result in:
- Increased speeds while driving downhill
- Significantly reduced uphill speed capability
- A higher possibility of rolling over
- An overtaxed braking system, making slowing down or stopping difficult
- Reduced steering capability
A vehicle accident involving a large truck can result in catastrophic injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident due to a reckless or negligent truck driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help guide you through the recovery process.