Four Common Ways Truck Accidents Occur
For anyone living in Fort Pierce or the surrounding St. Lucie area, you are likely to come into contact with 18 wheelers, semi tractor trailers, and other large trucks as part of your daily commute or when venturing out over the weekends. Interstate 95 and other major arteries running through or near the area end up being used by truckers to deliver goods and materials around the state and across the country. Unfortunately, this increases your risks of being involved in a truck accident. While truckers themselves face a certain amount of protection in these accidents, it is often motorists who suffer the most serious injuries. To reduce your risks, it is important to be aware of why truck accidents often occur. The following highlights four of the most common causes.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents and Injuries
According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), nearly 700 commercial vehicle accidents occurred in St. Lucie County over 2017. Tractor trailers, cement mixers, dump trucks, and other types of larger vehicles are often to blame for these accidents, which can block traffic for hours at a time while causing potentially severe and life threatening injuries for drivers and their passengers.
There are a variety of factors typically involved in truck accidents, and understanding how crashes can occur can help prevent you from being a victim. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) lists the following as among the most common causes of the more than 80,000 truck accidents which occur throughout the U.S. each year:
- Dangerous Driving Behaviors
Dangerous driving behaviors on the part of truck drivers and other motorists put everyone on the road at risk. For truckers, these typically include speeding, aggressive driving, driving while excessively fatigued, or driving while distracted. For other motorists, tailgating truckers or driving in blind spots or ‘no zones’ increases truck accident risks.
- Adverse Road, Traffic, and Weather Conditions
During times of heavy traffic, on roads that are under construction, and driving in rain or other adverse weather increases the risk that truck accidents will occur. Both motorists and truck drivers need to slow down during these times and be alert for sudden changes that require an immediate response.
- Truck Maintenance Issues
Faulty brakes, poor tire tread, and general lack of maintenance are contributing factors in roughly ten percent of all truck accidents. While motorists have no control over these conditions, it is important to know that both the driver and the truck company may be held accountable if accidents and injuries occur.
- Improper Loading and Unevenly Distributed Weights
Overloading and improperly weighted loads can cause semi trucks and tractor trailers to overturn, which is one of the most common reasons for truck accidents and injuries. Again, both the driver and the trucking company can be held liable.
Let Us Help You with Your Case
To protect your rights to compensation when truck accident injuries occur, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III and request a consultation with our Fort Pierce truck accident attorney today to discuss how to hold responsible parties accountable.