The Most Common Cause of Truck Accidents

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.

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