At any given time in the United States there are over 3 million truck drivers on the road. Commercial trucks traveling on the highways of Indiana can pose a serious risk to drivers. According the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) a person dies as a result of an accident with a commercial truck every 16 minutes. Approximately 98 percent of deaths resulting from accidents with trucks are the car’s passenger and driver. There are common causes of truck accidents worth knowing.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that driver error is ten times more likely to be responsible for a truck crash than any other cause. Drivers who are distracted, tired, involved with substance abuse and more will cause truck accidents. These situations inhibit a driver’s ability to effectively respond to road challenges.
The person driving a truck can be doing a good job, but accidents will still happen if their equipment fails them. Everything from mechanical issues to defective tires and even malfunctioning safety equipment can easily cause an accident.
The load a truck carries needs to be properly distributed and arranged according to its size and weight. When this isn’t done correctly, it can cause the truck’s load to be unbalanced. This can create a situation where the truck can fall over when making sharp turns. If the items on a truck are not adequately secured they can fall off and cause serious damage to any vehicle around them.
The large size and weight of a truck means it is very susceptible to the road conditions caused by weather. Large trucks are not able to stop as easily as a car. They are also more difficult to control during bad weather. Weather is a major factor in many truck accidents every year.
Many businesses will utilize trucking companies who don’t perform any type of employment background or license verification on their drivers. There are many truck drivers on the road who are not in compliance in FMCSA rules and regulations. These drivers don’t have the necessary training and experience to properly handle a large truck.
The effects of being injured in an accident with a truck can be devastating. When this happens, you’ll need to know your rights as you pursue compensation. Contact Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers today and learn more.