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Trucking Accidents Caused By Driver Error
Driving a big rig, long-haul truck, or any other industrial trucking vehicle requires extreme caution and care. While most truckers are reliable and trustworthy, mistakes and costly lapses in driver judgment do sometimes occur.
Unfortunately, as most semi-trucks are larger than passenger vehicles in both size and weight, crashes with 18-wheelers can cause massive destruction and harm.
Why Drivers Make Errors
There are some instances in which an accident truly is an accident (i.e., negligence is not involved). This is the case when weather and other variables outside of the driver’s control impact the accident.
That said, the vast majority of traffic wrecks are caused by negligence, including accidents involving commercial vehicles. Some of the most common examples of truck driver error include the following:
Driving while intoxicated
Driving while tired
Speeding and driving recklessly
Failing to observe the rules of the road
Aggressive driving, also known as “road rage”
Truck drivers can also cause accidents if they fail to yield at an intersection, turn right on red where not allowed, or drive distracted—especially when a cell phone or other electronic device is involved.
Why Trucks Inherently Increase Accident Risks
The typical commercial truck’s large size makes it difficult to turn and stop quickly. This means that the driver must allocate additional time and space between the big rig and other vehicles on the road.
For example: the average industrial truck requires a much greater stopping distance than a compact car. A driver who isn’t paying attention to the road may not allow enough time to stop if the vehicle in front suddenly slams on the brakes. The result is often a wreck of devastating consequences.
Houston Semi-Truck Crash Attorneys
Trucking accidents are almost always serious accidents resulting in severe injuries. If you have been involved in a truck accident that was the trucker’s fault, you could be entitled to compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Denena Points, PC can ensure that you get the justice you deserve. Call us at 713-807-9500 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation.