Semitrailers and large commercial trucks are often larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road. This makes it more likely that they will cause significant damage in a crash, particularly to passenger vehicles. Truck accidents, even at a low rate of speed, are capable of causing serious injuries, damage to personal property and more. There are different factors that contribute to truck accidents, and many of them are preventable with caution and careful driving.
Most common reasons for truck crashes
Truck accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, and truckers may reduce the chance of these types of events occurring with the careful operation of their vehicles, attentiveness and more. Some of the most common reasons for truck accidents include:
- The truck driver fell asleep or was driving while dangerously fatigued.
- The trucker did not receive adequate training to do his or her job properly.
- The cargo in the truck was improperly loaded.
- There was a failure of the truck’s brakes or other equipment.
It is the responsibility of the truck driver to operate his or her vehicle as safely as possible. Trucking companies should also have policies and safety procedures in place that will reduce the chance of accidents.
The rights of truck accident victims
A truck accident can change a person’s life in an instant. It is possible a Texas victim has grounds to pursue justice, but this is a course of action that should be pursued quickly after a crash. An assessment of an accident can determine the legal options available to an accident victim and help him or her seek fair compensation.