Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks can, and often do, pose serious dangers to drivers on the Interstate highways and other major roadways. Commercial truck drivers should be professionally trained and are required to adhere to strict Federal and state safety regulations. Failure to do so in a semi truck can result in fatal truck accidents.

However, when semi-truck drivers are dispatched with a tight schedule, they may act in haste, skipping many of the pre-trip safety requirements since truck drivers are often paid by the number of runs they complete or the miles they cover during a shift. This desire to squeeze as many runs as possible can result in a serious truck accident, or even a fatal truck accident. A truck driver’s inattention can also cause many problems for other drivers on the roadways.

Caution should always be used when in the presence of commercial vehicles including 18-wheelers and other heavy freight-carrying trucks.

Driver fatigue is the most common form of commercial truck driver impairment. Very often the drivers are exhausted due to hectic scheduling and a demanding workload, coupled with a need to earn money to support their families.

Unfortunately, in response to these opposing pressures, some commercial truck drivers choose to use both legal and illegal drugs, including cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamines (“speed”) and Ephedra based pills commonly known as “white cross” to help them stay awake through their tiresome and strenuous schedules. Too often the results are disastrous for the trucker and for the other motorists sharing the road.

Common causes of trucking accidents include:

  • Failure of trucking company to determine if the truck driver is properly qualified
  • Failure of trucking company to adequately train or properly supervise it’s drivers
  • Poorly Maintained Equipment (Brakes, Lights, Suspension, etc.)
  • Overloaded Trucks or Oversized Trucks
  • Drivers choosing to operate in conditions of poor visibility due to smoke, fog, snow, or rain
  • Fatigued, sleepy or overtired driver driving too long and too many hours without required rest
  • Failure to Maintain Proper Distance
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Aggressive driving behavior (Road Rage)
  • Truck drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol while driving
  • Truck drivers with history of prior driving violations including accidents

If you have been injured in a truck accident involving a semi truck or other commercial motor vehicle, you may have a truck accident claim. Our practice focuses on personal injury litigation including wrongful death cases and we work with families of fatal truck accident victims as well. Please contact the Mason Law Firm for a free initial consultation and evaluation of your claim.