There are an estimated 41,000 – 45,000 traffic deaths that occur every year in the United States alone as a result of trucking accidents. With commercial trucks making up more than 12.5% of all vehicles on the road, it is incredibly important to know the various causes of truck accidents to stay safe while driving.
Causes of Truck Accidents
More than 75% of truck accidents are caused by passenger vehicles such as motorcycles and cars. Here are a few common causes of truck accidents caused by both truckers and passenger vehicles:
- Neglect – Around 90% of truck accidents are caused by human error such as inexperienced drivers, distractions, violation of traffic laws, speeding, driving fatigued, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Failure of Equipment or Parts – There are rules and regulations that the federal government has put in place, however some trucking companies and drivers fail to follow the rules.
- Improper Loading – There can be disastrous consequences if a truckload is set up improperly, not secured well enough, under-loading or over-loading of the truck, or hazardous materials aren’t properly stored.
Next time you are driving near a big rig make sure you stay alert and leave at least 3 car spaces between you and the truck. If you or a loved one were involved in a truck accident at no fault of your own in Los Angeles or throughout California, be sure to contact a Peck Law Group truck accident attorney as soon as possible. The statute of limitations begins the moment of the accident, so it is incredibly important to contact us right away.
We will fight for you and bring those responsible for the accident to justice. Call us today at (866) 999-9085 or fill out the form on our website for a free case evaluation.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.