Some of the most serious motor vehicle accidents that an individual can be involved in are truck accidents. These vehicles are so heavy and difficult to maneuver that the damage of an accident can be devastating and life-threatening. These accidents are very complicated because there are so many components that must be considered.
Some of the major causes of truck accidents include the following:
- Mechanical problems: Trucks are very complex vehicles that require routine maintenance. When a mechanical problem occurs, it may be the result of the owner of the truck or because of a defective part.
- The nature of the job: Working at a truck driver requires an individual to work long hours and be on the road for days at a time. Truck drivers are permitted to work 70 hours a week and can only work 11 consecutive hours of a 14-hour workday. These long hours can lead to exhaustion, despite the fact that workers have immense pressure on them to make deliveries on time.
- The weight of the truck: Truck drivers need to carefully calculate each time they hit the brakes to determine how long it will take to come to a complete stop because some trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
- Driver negligence: Distracted, drunk, or reckless driving is a major factor in many accident cases.
If you have been the victim of a truck accident, contact our firm today.
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