Why are Trucking Accidents so Dangerous?
Truck accidents are often more severe, more deadly than other motor vehicle accidents. These are some of the factors that contribute to the severity.
- Truck drivers may not be properly trained to use the truck and to handle the load
- Driver fatigue – truck drivers toll long hours. They are required to take regular rests and to get their sleep. Many drivers are pushed by their employers not to follow these rules.
- Driver distraction – driving long trips can be monotonous. If the driver is on his cell phone or listening to the radio, accidents can occur.
- Driver intoxication
- Trucks are larger and heavier. In an accident between a truck and a car, the driver of the car is going to suffer because his/her car is no match for the truck such as an 18-wheeler.
- Trucks are more likely to have equipment failure because they are driven more, along greater distances and because they need to work harder to carry heavy loads.
- Trucks have to make wide turns. Often cars get caught in the truck’s turning path.
- The debris from a truck’s load can spill onto the roadway or onto other cars.
- The shipping parties to the contract have time limits for delivery which they pass onto the driver. This can cause the driver to speed, which causes accidents.
- The owner of the truck may put undue pressure on the driver to speed. The owner may not inspect the vehicle as often as it should.
- Manufacturers can be held responsible for an accident if they design faulty vehicle parts that contributed to the accident.
How our firm can help
Anyone who has been in a truck or car accident in Norfolk or who knows someone who was killed in a truck accident because of the negligence of another needs to have legal help. Contact Norfolk truck accident lawyer Joe Miller at Joe Miller Law, by calling him at (888) 694-1671 to learn more about your legal rights and options following an accident with a large commercial truck.