Roads can sometimes be an unsafe place when drivers are not careful and follow the rules of the road. Accidents can happen and people can become seriously injured. Truck accidents are some of the most dangerous accidents that can occur on the road. They are the larges vehicle on the road and can weigh up to 30 times as much as a regular passenger car. Because of their immense size, trucks are harder to control and navigate than other vehicles are. When truck drivers are not careful, they can put everyone else on the road at risk and seriously injure someone. If you were injured in a truck accident, an experienced attorney in Bloomfield can help your case.
Types of Accidents
Truck accidents could happen in a variety of ways. Although, every outcome may be different depending on the size of the vehicle the truck collided with. Some examples of truck accidents can be:
- Head-on collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Blind spot accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
Causes of Accidents
When drivers on the road are not careful, accidents may happen due to poor driving decisions. If someone drives unsafely, they may injure other drivers around them. There are several factors in truck accidents that may cause an accident. Some of these factors may include.
- Safety regulations: If a truck driver changes lanes poorly or passes other vehicles in an unsafe manner, they are violating certain safety regulations of the road. It is also a violation if a truck driver follows too closely behind other vehicles.
- Reckless driving: Trucks can be difficult to control and stop if it is being driven dangerously. They need a distance of roughly two football fields to come to a complete stop. If trucks are going over the speed limit, it can be difficult to control the vehicle.
- Poor visibility: Because of their size, trucks have a limited view of the road. Their large blind spots can trap other vehicles and cause accidents.
- Drowsy driving: Federal law allows truck drivers a certain amount of driving hours. Truck drivers are allowed to drive 11 hours within a 14-hour work day, giving them a maximum of 70 hours a week. If they drive any longer than this, they can cause an accident due to drowsy driving.
- Mechanical problems: Trucks sometimes be a victim of mechanical issues, like all other vehicles. Certain issues can cause accidents. This may include tire blowouts, brake issues, breakdowns, and more.
In order to hold someone else responsible for an injury, you must prove that party as negligent. Doing so requires the injured individual to collect evidence that proves the accident happened as a direct result of their negligence. Trucks often have a “black box” that records the speed they were driving before the accident occurred. It is important that this information is secured by the truck company or an insurance company after the accident before it can be deleted.
Contact our Firm
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a truck accident and seek legal representation, contact theLaw Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.