There are few things more intimidating than driving a passenger vehicle on the highway and seeing a commercial truck appear suddenly in your rearview mirror or speeding up to pass you. These massive vehicles can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when they are fully loaded, and though their drivers are required to have specific training and to comply with higher levels of vigilance on the road, the tragic accidents that they have caused in the past are well documented.
Driving a commercial truck takes great skill and attention and the vehicles need to be well maintained and loaded appropriately, and when drivers or the companies that support them fail in this responsibility, innocent people can get injured or even killed. If you or someone you love has been involved in a truck accident and suffered an injury, call the personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. We are here to help those who have suffered as a result of the negligence of others, and we will work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve for any medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages or other damages that have resulted from your accident.
The Top Causes Of Truck Accidents
There are a number of things that can cause truck accidents. Though some of them do not involve negligence, many of them do. That is why it is important that you have an experienced truck accident attorney representing you and making sure that your situation has been closely scrutinized to determine exactly what happened and who is to blame. According to a report released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration a few years ago, the top causes of large truck accidents include:
- The use of illicit or prescription drugs by the truck driver
- Truck drivers driving too fast
- Truck drivers who are unfamiliar with the roads that they are driving on
- Drivers failing to adequately check blind spots while driving
- Technical driving errors such as failing to use a turn signal when changing lanes
- Distracted driving, including using cell phones or other electronic devices, or paying attention to environmental distractions instead of the road
- Inability to properly manage the vehicle
- Aggressive driving and road rage incidents
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This list is particularly frightening, as it represents many fatalities that were entirely preventable. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we work hard to fight for the rights of those who have been damaged as a result of others not behaving responsibly or taking the safety of others into consideration, and that is represented in nearly every one of these common truck accident causes. Making matters worse, the sheer size of the vehicles that these drivers are operating means that the injuries that are caused are often much more traumatic than would be the case if smaller vehicles had been involved. The occupants of passenger cars often suffer catastrophic injuries in collisions with commercial trucks.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, call the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers at 800-PERKINS or send us an email. We are passionate advocates on behalf of our clients, and won’t rest until we get you the justice you deserve.