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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents involving commercial trucks are often catastrophic. It is not uncommon for involved parties to suffer debilitating injuries and even succumb to their injuries, leaving behind devastated family and friends. 

Accidents of this nature rarely are considered true accidents. These types of collisions are most commonly caused by the negligent or irresponsible actions of an individual or entity. We describe some of the more common causes of truck accidents when you read on. 

Driver Negligence

Driver mistakes and negligence are the primary cause of motor vehicle accidents across the U.S. Types of reckless driving such as speeding, failure to use a turn signal, following too closely, failure to stop at a traffic light or stop sign, and other traffic violations are quite common. 

But the other types of truck driver negligence, including distracted driving, driving while fatigued, and operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol also continue to occur with alarming frequency. 

It’s no wonder there are so many truck accidents when so many drivers fail to take their driving safety, and those who share the roads with them, seriously. With increasing truck accident numbers, many states have begun to implement stronger penalties against truck drivers who negligently cause accidents. 

Trucking Companies

Trucking companies and staff are frequently found to be partially responsible for trucking accidents. This is, in part, because they are responsible for their truck drivers. Hiring truckers without doing the necessary background and driving history checks is grossly negligent. 

But there is also the element that these companies violate federal trucking laws to increase their profits. These laws are in place to protect drivers from working shifts that are so long they are too fatigued to drive safely. 

These companies will force truckers to work longer hours, contributing to the cause of certain types of trucking accidents.

Defective Parts

When a commercial truck’s parts are defective or malfunction in some way, catastrophic accidents can occur. It can be difficult to determine which parties should be held accountable for the defective parts. This is partly because there are several different ways car parts can be faulty or defective. 

Auto parts manufacturers, tractor-trailer technicians, the trucking company, the owner of the big rig, and even safety inspectors could all be partially responsible for causing truck accidents that are brought on by defective parts. Only a thorough investigation into the cause of the truck accident will uncover which parties should be named as respondents in your personal injury claim. 

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer in Salt Lake City

If you’ve been injured in a commercial trucking accident and you aren’t sure where to turn to for help, get in touch with a reputable Salt Lake City truck accident lawyer at Craig Swapp & Associates. 

Our firm is proud to offer complimentary consultations to injury victims across Utah. Take advantage of this opportunity when you visit our website or call our office at 1-800-404-9000 to schedule your free, no-obligation claim review. 

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