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Contributing Factors in Commercial Trucking Accidents

The sheer size and weight of commercial trucks makes trucking accidents more dangerous and the associated injuries more devastating than the typical fender bender. Trucking companies and their drivers need to assure that the drivers are qualified, not overworked, and that the cargo they are transporting is safe for the road. Unfortunately, the trucking companies and their drivers make mistake that put other drivers and passengers on the road at risk and cause significant injuries when an accident occurs.

If you were injured or someone you love was killed in a trucking accident in Montana, you may be entitled to a financial recovery. The following are all common causes of trucking accidents that can support victims’ claims for compensation:

Distracted Driving

Although truck drivers should be paying attention to driving at all times, they often get distracted. A distraction may take the form of filling out paperwork, talking on the phone, texting, and even watching movies. At highway speeds, a truck can travel the length of a football field in a matter of seconds, and this is more than enough time for a distracted truck driver to miss the warning signs of an avoidable accident.

Drowsy Driving (and Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel)

Truck drivers that do long hauls are especially susceptible to the risk of driving drowsy and falling asleep behind the wheel. Studies have shown that fatigue can cause impairments similar to those of alcohol consumption, and that truckers are most likely to cause accidents due to fatigue at the beginning and end of long shifts behind the wheel.

Drowsy Driving (and Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel)

Truck drivers that do long hauls are especially susceptible to the risk of driving drowsy and falling asleep behind the wheel. Studies have shown that fatigue can cause impairments similar to those of alcohol consumption, and that truckers are most likely to cause accidents due to fatigue at the beginning and end of long shifts behind the wheel.

Driving Under the Influence

Alcohol and drug use are prevalent issues in the trucking industry. Whether for recreational purposes or to try to stay awake on long hauls, many truckers turn to alcohol, prescription medications, and illicit controlled substances. It goes without saying that truck drivers who are drunk, high, or otherwise impaired are at significantly greater risk for causing a catastrophic accident.

Logging Too Many Hours

Federal trucking regulations limit the time a driver can drive each day. However, whether they driver feels compelled to log more hours at the insistence of his or her employer, or just trying to get some overtime, drivers frequently exceed the maximum driving hours permitted. The regulations are in place to provide for safer road conditions. Truckers and trucking companies that break the rules can be held liable when logging too many hours leads to life-changing or life-threatening injuries.

Lack of Driver Training or Experience

Other causes of trucking accidents include the following:

  • Lack of Driver Training or Experience
  • Inadequate Maintenance or Repair
  • Truck Driving Errors
  • Cargo Loading Errors
  • Truck Design

Don’t forget that someone else may be responsible for causing the accident, as well. Maybe a negligent car driver cut off the truck without leaving the trucker enough space to avoid a collision. Or, maybe another vehicle’s brakes failed, triggering a multi-vehicle collision that ultimately led to your injuries. Trucking accident cases are often extremely complex, and at Billings Injury Lawyer we will work tirelessly to conduct a thorough investigation and identify all of the parties that are accountable for your losses.

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