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Why Do Truck Accidents Happen
Fatal truck accidents are occurring on a more frequent basis every year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that there were almost 5,000 fatal large truck accidents in the United States in 2017 alone. The obvious question is what is being done to reduce these accidents. What guidelines and safety procedures are truckers required to follow?
I have handled many truck accident cases, and the most common cause of truck accidents is truck drivers who are inattentive on the roadways. This can result from a variety of reasons, including truckers who are rushing to reach their destination. Federal regulations only allow truckers to drive a certain amount of hours each day, so this often puts pressure on the driver to speed or take unfamiliar “shortcuts” to quickly get where he is going.
Some drivers even violate these guidelines and drive longer than they are allowed, even going so far as to alter their driver logs. The most common causes of truck accidents are speeding, distracted driving, and driving while tired. Hopefully, developing technology will help reduce truck accidents in the coming years. Features such as cameras, lane departure warnings, and automatic braking systems will most certainly help as they become more common.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, call an experienced personal injury attorney who has handled these types of cases. It is very important to retain an attorney as soon as possible so they can begin investigating the accident and hire an accident reconstruction expert to analyze the crash.
Jeff Murphy Law has represented many victims of truck accidents. Call for a free consultation to learn about your legal rights and get answers to your questions.