Truck Accidents Can Be Devastating
Although car accidents can cause serious injuries, truck accidents tend to be particularly catastrophic, mainly because of the size and weight difference between a truck and a car. Trucks typically weigh 7 times more than cars, often times resulting in fatalities or serious or long-lasting injuries, such as:
- broken bones
- spinal cord injuries
- abdominal injuries
- neck injuries
- head injuries, including concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
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Why Truck Accidents Happen
Here are some of the most common reasons truck accidents occur:
- Failure to properly secure a load
- Improper Cargo
- Mechanical Defects (tires, brakes, etc.)
- Alcohol or Drug Use
- Little to no training
Fatigue is a common cause for truck accidents. Truck driver fatigue is such an issue that the federal government created a department, specifically for monitoring commercial truck companies to help reduce trucking accidents that occur on our highways. That department is called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Federal regulations mandate that truck drivers must have a minimum of 10 hours rest between shifts and must not log or work more than 60 hours in one week, or drive more than 10 hours in one day.
Unlike most drivers, commercial drivers are held to a higher standard. That is, commercial drivers have to apply for a special license, which is commonly known as CDL license. In addition to a special license and adequate training and drug testing, commercial drivers also have to keep detailed logs of their departures and arrivals, including mileage, cargo, place of origins and place of departures, and hours driven.
Unlike car accidents, truck accidents are very complex. That’s because most, if not all, trucks have on-board computers, commonly referred to as a blackbox, keeping vital information on the truck driver’s speed and other vital information moments before an accident. Preserving evidence is critical in winning any case. Call us today at (770) 716-1306, as we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.