The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently conducted a study that examined what errors can cause truck drivers to get involved in accidents. From drug abuse to speeding to lack of rest, the errors that cause truck accidents indicate one glaring issue—truck driver negligence. When a driver is negligent, it can put those around them at risk. When a commercial truck driver is negligent, it can create an even more serious situation, as their vehicles and cargo can carry deadly force compared to an average passenger vehicle.
Leading Negligent Factors in a Truck Accident Case
Countless truck accidents happen every year. While there are trucking regulations in place that restrict certain issues, not all commercial truck drivers comply with these regulations. Even unintentional actions, such as shortening a rest break or failing to get adequate sleep at night, can make an individual that would typically be considered a safe driver much more dangerous behind the wheel of a large commercial tractor-trailer.
According to the study's findings the most common factors that led to truck accidents included:
- Prescription or Over-the-Counter Drugs: 44% of truck accidents caused by driver error
- Traveling Too Fast for Conditions (23% of truck accidents caused by driver error)
- Fatigue (18% of truck accidents caused by driver error)
These factors would all be considered negligence: "The failure to behave with the level of care someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances."
Truck drivers are put under a lot of pressure to deliver their loads on time, and as a result, they can be tempted to drive carelessly or to spend too many hours on the road. This can result in accidents that are caused by driver errors, as well as employer negligence if they failed to enforce restrictions.
Did Driver Error Cause You to Sustain Injuries?
If you sustained injuries in a truck accident, our team can investigate to see if the accident was caused by:
- Failure to Adhere to the Rules of the Road
- Substance Abuse
- Driver Fatigue
If negligence was involved in your crash, our truck accident attorneys can help you fight for the just compensation owed to you, which could include anything from medical bills to pain and suffering to loss of wages to punitive damages.