Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

by William J. “Will” Maiberger, Jr. on 02/07/2012

A current House transportation bill, “The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act,” was set to unravel significant components of current American trucking safety law. The most notable changes would have included lifting the 1999 federal ban on triple tractor-trailers and increasing truck weight on federal roads.  However, just before voting, an amendment was introduced which removed these dangerous changes.

Bigger, heavier trucks often cause catastrophic and fatal injuries when they impact smaller vehicles.  In 2010, where fatal crashes involved a large truck and a passenger car, 97 percent of the deaths occurred to the car occupants.

The causes of trucking accidents can include:

  • Poor truck maintenance, including tires
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Unsecured loads
  • Poor visibility and weather conditions
  • Driving at excessive speed
  • Negligent hiring and training of truck drivers

These are some of the more common causes of truck accidents. Commercial vehicle accidents are complex and you should have the most skilled attorneys assisting you in obtaining the compensation you deserve. When a trucking accident occurs, a thorough investigation is needed to determine the cause and the responsible parties.

At Watts Guerra Craft LLP, we conduct a thorough and complete review of all the facts involved, working with top notch accident reconstruction experts who piece together evidence. We obtain driver logs and black box recordings, and also interview witnesses to the truck accident.

To discuss your particular claims, please schedule a fill out our personal injury intake formtoday, and our trucking accident litigation team will personally call you back. We handle the personal injury trucking accidents for those injured and file wrongful death claim for those who have lost a family member in a fatal trucking accident.


Tags: Trucking Accidents, Distracted Driving

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