Driver Errors That Cause Truck Accidents

According to research conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck driver error is the number one cause of accidents involving large commercial trucks. Statistics show that accidents caused by errors are ten times more likely to occur than accidents caused by any other factor. If a truck driver acts in a negligent manner and causes an accident, the victims of the accident should be able to recover from that driver for any related injuries or losses. Additionally, the driver’s employer may often be held liable for the driver’s errors, as well. An experienced Fayette County truck accident attorney at Shane Smith Law can help you receive the full amount of compensation possible from all parties.

Truck drivers make mistakes just like anyone else. However, sometimes mistakes are a result of negligent actions or decisions. Some examples of negligence on the part of truck drivers include the following:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI)

  • Violating hours of service regulations and driving while fatigued

  • Not have proper safety gear for emergencies or adverse weather

  • Not performing proper pre-shift inspections

  • Aggressive driving, such as speeding, tailgating, or frequent passing

  • Not holding a valid commercial driver’s license

  • Not checking blind spots

  • Distracted driving, such as using a cell phone or messaging

Accident occurring due to the above behaviors would likely have been prevented had the truck driver made a different choice.

Contact a Fayette County truck accident lawyer for a free consultation

Truck drivers are held to a higher standard of care to drive in a highly responsible manner to keep other motorists safe. When they make negligent errors, they should be held liable for their actions and reimburse any injured parties. If you have been involved in a truck accident, an experienced truck accident attorney at Shane Smith Law can help you. Call today at (980) 246-2656 to schedule your free consultation.

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