Truck accidents can be catastrophic, resulting in serious injuries or fatalities. Some truck accidents can have significant emotional and financial consequences for the individuals and their families. The specific causes and circumstances involved vary from one truck accident to another. The most common causes of truck accidents in the United States include:
- Driver Error: Driver error is considered a common cause of truck accidents. These errors include reckless actions such as speeding, impaired driving, distracted driving, or failure to observe traffic rules. Truck drivers, like the rest of the drivers, are susceptible to human error, and when this happens, the result can be particularly severe. Driver mistakes can lead to loss of control, rollovers, rear-end collisions, and other truck accidents.
- Mechanical Failure: When a commercial truck experiences a mechanical hitch while in operation, it can significantly increase the risk of accidents. Mechanical issues can include problems with the steering, brakes, suspension, tires, or other malfunctioning systems of the vehicle. For example, a tire blowout can cause the vehicle to lose control, leading to a crash. Proper maintenance and inspections can help tackle potential mechanical problems before they cause accidents.
- Failure To Follow Traffic Rules: Failure to follow traffic rules by truck drivers and other motorists can significantly increase the risk of accidents and potential harm to themselves and other road users. Some examples include speeding, illegal maneuvers, aggressive driving, and failure to yield the right of way when required. Disregarding a truck’s blind spot can also lead to dangerous situations, such as sudden lane changes or cutting off other drivers.
- Negligence of Other Drivers: Negligence from other drivers on the road can contribute to truck accidents. For example, trucks require more time and space to maneuver and stop due to their large size and weight. Failing to give trucks sufficient space can lead to an accident. Ignoring blind spots and aggressive driving behavior such as excessive driving, sudden braking, or tailgating can force trucks to take sudden action, increasing the risk of accidents.
- Improper Loading: When cargo is not secured correctly and balanced, it can lead to various issues contributing to accidents, such as overloading, shifting cargo, reduced visibility, and uneven weight distribution. Improper loading can cause the driver to lose control of the truck, potentially causing an accident.
Contact an Experienced Western Massachusetts Truck Accident Attorney Today
Have you been involved in a truck accident in Western Massachusetts and need the help of an attorney? At KC Law, we have been helping truck accident victims pursue the compensation they deserve in Westfield, MA, and surrounding areas. We can help you navigate your truck accident case to ensure a favorable outcome.
Call our office at (413) 251-1010 to schedule your consultation and discuss your case details with our lead Westfield car accident attorney, Kevin Chrisanthopoulos.