Our Attorneys Discuss the Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents
Surprisingly, many people often don’t consider 18-wheeler drivers to be at fault for accidents they might cause because the truck drivers are thought of as professional drivers. With their many miles and countless hours logged on the road, they should be counted among the safest of drivers.
In a perfect world this would be true, but, as the bleak realities of trucking accidents prove, this is not a perfect world. As such, there are many ways in which trucking companies tend to encourage profits over safety in the trucking industry. The Texas 18-wheeler accident attorneys at our Law Offices can help you understand the causes of 18-wheeler accidents and what you can do should you have experienced such a traumatic event.
Like any company that relies on time and speed, trucking companies make more money if they can increase the number of goods they transport and decrease the amount of time it takes them to ship their products to their final destination. Additionally, truckers are paid per mile, so if they can cover more than the average number of miles on a given day, they stand to make more than the average amount of salary for that time period. Even casual observers can see that this need for speed and efficiency has the potential to lead to problematic issues for the trucking industry, often resulting in negligent driving or truck companies that put the safety of their employees and the public at large beneath their need for profits. While legislators have provided rules and regulations to ensure that trucking companies are safely operated, this does not always prevent these companies from risking the lives of their employees or other innocent bystanders in the name of the almighty dollar.
What Are Some Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents?
With 20 years of experience in working 18-wheeler accident cases, the attorneys at our Law Offices possess the knowledge of a wide variety of causes of 18-wheeler accidents. Because of the size and speed of these trucks, these accidents can be devastating. Some of the following issues allow for negligent behavior to occur:
Drivers who continually exceed the speed limit in hopes of increasing their paycheck.
Drivers that drive for too many hours and go over the federal recommendations for the amount of time they should drive per day.
Improperly or untrained drivers that should not be on the road.
Drivers without valid trucking licenses or those with terrible driving records.
As another example of past negligence in trucking companies failing to maintain proper safety standards on their trucks, a study conducted by the Texas Department of Transportation revealed that one-fourth of all trucks inspected at certain checkpoints failed to meet their state-regulated safety protocols. These trucks were then decommissioned until they were brought into compliance.
Other causes of 18-wheeler accidents can include the following instances:
Improperly secured cargo or a trailer that is overloaded with cargo
Faulty brakes or other faulty mechanical parts of the truck
Driving while too tired to maintain proper attention to the road
Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of medication
Bad tires causing loss of control
Our Law Offices Can Help if You’ve Been in an 18-Wheeler Accident
With years of experience in trucking accident cases, and with a wide knowledge of the multiple causes of 18-wheeler accidents, the attorneys at our Law Offices can provide capable help in seeking fair compensation for your injuries sustained as a result of a truck driver’s negligence. Call us and we will assist you in determining what your options might be in a case involving an 18-wheeler auto accident.