Many different situations can lead to serious trucking accidents. Some truck accidents might be the result of actual negligent driving, or mechanical problems, while road or weather conditions can also be a contributing factor. Among one of the most common causes is fatigued driving. It is unfortunately all too common for many truck drivers to ignore the law which regulates how long they can drive. This can and often does result in a loss concentration, distracted driving or actually falling asleep at the wheel. Another problem in truck wrecks is having improperly or overloaded trailers. Just checking on how the trailer is load and making sure it is in compliance with the law, can be helpful in preventing accidents involving trucks.
Another cause of trucking accidents can be due to limited visibility. Many trucks can have blind spots from all sides, including behind and in front. Poor maintenance such as faulty brakes which were never repaired or defective tires are especially dangerous and can lead to a major incident. Big rigs are governed by very strict licensing and laws; however; inexperienced driving is often the culprit behind a truck wreck. Dangerous roads are often at fault in causing unsafe road conditions which can lead to an accident. City, State and County roads all should be maintained properly, but many times are not. An unsafe road condition can cause a big rig accident.
No matter what actually caused the truck accident, if you are a victim it is advisable for you to speak with a personal injury attorney right away to discuss your legal options. This type of an accident can be far more dangerous and even more deadly than just a vehicle accident between two cars. The potential financial costs of such an accident are extremely high, with extensive medical bills more likely, and added costs such as physical rehabilitation and future unknown medical expenses. Your truck accident lawyer should conduct a complete investigation into all possible causes of the collision. There may even be more than one cause, for instance, a tractor trailer was improperly loaded, and hit a pothole on the freeway, causing the rig to overturn. The resulting accident was in essence caused by a combination of two things: improper loading, and unsafe road conditions. Uncovering all possible causes allows your attorney to file suit against all relevant defendants. This may include the driver, the company he works with, and the county or state for not maintaining the roads in a safe manner.