Irresponsible or negligent driving by other drivers can cause truck accidents. It isn’t always the truck driver’s fault when a truck accident happens.
However, there are plenty of examples that show just how truck drivers — or even the truck itself — could cause an accident:
- The truck could malfunction in some way. If a truck isn’t properly maintained, then mechanical breakdowns are more likely. If these malfunctions occur at high speeds on a freeway, a major accident could occur. Also, the cargo of a truck plays an important role in the truck’s stability and safety. If the truck isn’t properly loaded, then making turns safely or braking on time could be difficult — or even impossible.
- The truck driver could behave in an unsafe or dangerous manner. This includes a lot of potential actions, including distracted driving, drunk driving, fatigued driving, speeding, road rage and many other behaviors.
No matter how a truck accident occurs, it is imperative that the entire crash be investigated. Those affected by the wreck should consult with an attorney.
Source: FindLaw, “Common Causes of Truck Accidents,” Accessed Feb. 10, 2017