Certain risk factors may increase the likelihood of a truck accident. Understanding these risks could help discover an underlying contributing cause when you have been injured in an accident involving a large truck.
Factors That Increase the Risk of a Truck Accident
The cause of an accident is not always clear; it may take some investigation to uncover risk factors that may have contributed to a crash.
One example is when a trucker has an unrealistic schedule and deadlines to meet. This can lead the driver to engage in dangerous maneuvers, such as cutting off other vehicles or speeding in an effort to reach a destination faster or stay on schedule.
If a schedule has forced the trucker to drive beyond the number of hours allowed by federal law, he or she could become tired. Fatigue is a common problem with truckers who drive long distances for extended periods of time, and fatigued drivers may be at greater risk of causing an accident.
Another factor that can increase the risk of an accident is improper training and qualifications. Cutting corners to obtain the appropriate license or a trucker’s driving record that shows numerous past violations may reveal these risks.
Seeking Help from a Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta
Even if these aren’t direct causes of a crash, they could still be factored into a claim when establishing the at-fault party. The Law Offices of Shane Smith can explain legal options available after a truck accident. Call (888) 927-6955.