Truck accidents can be caused by many factors, such as improper cargo loading, defective truck parts, negligent trucking companies, road hazards, adverse weather conditions, and more. The most common cause of commercial truck accidents, however, is error on the part of the driver. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enacted strict regulations with which drivers are expected to comply to avoid accidents. When drivers violate regulations or act in an otherwise negligent manner, they should be held liable for their actions. An experienced Fayette County truck accident lawyer can help accident victims recover from a negligent driver.
Some common examples of commercial truck driver error include the following:
Not holding the correct commercial driver’s license
Hours of service violations or other fatigued driving
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Not complying with FMCSA health requirements
Aggressive driving, such as following too closely or frequent lane changes
Texting, eating, using a cell phone, or other distracted driving behaviors
Failing to adhere to all state traffic laws
Failing to adhere to all FMCSA regulations
Not properly conducting required inspections prior to every leg of a trip
These are of course only a few examples of possible truck driver errors that can cause serious accidents. There are many signs following an accident that truck driver may have been at fault, and an experienced lawyer can help you identify those signs.
Contact a Fayette County truck accident attorney for a free consultation
Chances are slim that a commercial truck driver will openly and voluntarily admit to making an error that caused an accident and injuries. For this reason, many truck accident cases require extensive investigation and other resources to collect evidence to prove that the driver was negligent and should be held liable. The experienced truck accident attorneys at Shane Smith Law understand how to prove driver negligence, so please do not hesitate to call our office today at (980) 246-2656 for assistance.