The Common Causes of Truck Accidents
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Wed Apr 2014
- Auto Accident,
Truck accidents may not be common, but when they occur the resulting injuries can be devastating and even fatal. Other vehicles that are involved in accidents with bigger vehicles, like trucks or commercial vehicles, stand little to no chance in escaping with only a minor scrape. In fact, truck accidents often involve the most serious types of personal injuries to the victims.
While it may be difficult to totally prevent yourself from getting into an accident with a truck or a commercial vehicle, you may be able to reduce the likelihood of getting into an accident if you are familiar with the common causes of truck accidents.
5 Common Causes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an individual is seriously injured in a truck accident every 16 minutes. The majority of these accidents are caused by the negligent or reckless actions of the truck drivers.
Below are five common causes of catastrophic truck accidents:
– Driving at an unsafe or reckless speed limit
– Aggressive driving (commonly referred to as “road rage)
– Failing to see the other driver or losing them in the truck’s blind spots
– Fatigued driving, usually in response to the pressure of having to meet unreasonable deadlines
– Driving while under the influence of alcohol, recreational drugs or even over-the-counter medications
Regardless of what caused your accident, if the truck driver was liable you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of future earning potential, out of pocket expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, you may be entitled to wrongful death damages. You should consult an experienced truck accident attorney New Jersey to ensure that you get the full extent of the damages that you are entitled to.
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