Was Your Rear-End Collision With a Truck Caused by One of These Common Reasons?
Many people do not take rear-end collisions as seriously as other types of accidents. They are often referred to as “fender-benders,” implying that the injuries in these accidents are not that severe. But motorists hit from behind by an 80,000 pound truck can be hurled into the vehicle in front of them—dangerous no matter what speed the trucker was driving. Fortunately, injured victims may be entitled to compensation from the trucker and the trucking company that employs him.
5 Causes of Dangerous Truck Rear-End Collisions
Like all motorists, truckers are required to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them. They must be even more vigilant of this rule due to the size of their trucks, which makes slowing down or stopping quickly virtually impossible. While many truck rear-end collisions happen for the same reasons as car collisions, others are caused by unique factors like the failure of trucking companies and truckers to follow federal regulations governing the trucking industry. Reasons these accidents occur include:
- Faulty brakes. Federal regulations require trucking companies to inspect, maintain, and repair truck brakes before a truck is taken on a trip. Sadly, truckers are often pressured by their trucking companies to take their trucks out with brakes that are worn or need repair. Even worse, some trucking companies disengage or adjust brakes to reduce their wear and tear, resulting in brake malfunctions being the cause of rear-end collisions.
- Driver fatigue. Federal regulations specify how many hours a trucker can drive without a break, but truckers in a rush to deliver their loads on an unrealistic schedule set by their employer often violate these rules and drive when they are drowsy or fall asleep at the wheel.
- Driver distraction. Driving when distracted is even more dangerous for a trucker than other motorists given the sheer size of his truck. When a trucker is talking on a cellphone, texting, or eating and drinking, his mind and eyes are not on his driving, with the result being that he cannot react quickly to avoid rear-ending someone.
- Faulty headlights and poor lighting conditions. Driving with faulty headlights can make it difficult for truckers to see the vehicles in front of them. When lighting conditions on the road are also poor, this is a recipe for disaster.
- Override accidents. Override accidents where a passenger vehicle slides under the truck in a rear-end collision can cause the top of the passenger vehicle to be sheared off. These crashes can be especially deadly for motorists.
Were you or a family member injured in a truck accident caused by a negligent trucker? I urge you to fill out my online form today to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options and the compensation you could be entitled to.