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What are the common causes of truck accidents?


Large trucks serve many purposes in various industries in the United States. Large trucks can be used to transport perishable goods such as meat and fish and even hazardous chemicals. If you are a driver in Prince Georges, Maryland, you are likely used to seeing trucks on major roadways. By merely looking at the size of trucks, you can easily calculate the potential damage they can cause in the event of a collision. One single error can result in a catastrophic truck accident.

You may be wondering how a truck accident occurs, so here are some of the most common causes of truck accidents in the United States. First on the list is equipment failure. Trucks have many different parts. All of the moving parts of the truck have to function properly. Even if the truck driver is a responsible driver, a single equipment failure can result in a malfunction and end in a catastrophe. The mechanic who repairs the truck, the manufacturer and the trucking company can be held liable if equipment failure results in a truck accident.

Another common cause of truck accidents is driving errors. Just like other drivers of passenger vehicles, truck drivers have the tendency to act recklessly or negligently, which, in turn, can result in a truck accident. Some of the most common errors that truck drivers make are failure to follow safety guidelines, driving while intoxicated or impaired and failure to properly secure the cargo that they are hauling. Driver fatigue is also a problem among truck drivers as they often have to endure long hours of travel before they can rest.

If a person has been involved in a truck accident and has sustained serious injuries as a result, that person may be entitled to compensation. However, that can only happen if the person is able to prove the negligence of the truck driver, trucking company and other responsible parties. It may be a good idea to enlist a legal professional's help to maximize compensation and obtain specific legal advice -- which this post cannot provide.

Source: Unsafetrucks.org, "Common causes of truck accidents," Accessed on Oct. 8, 2014

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