Since commercial trucks and tractor-trailers are much bigger in comparison
to other cars on the road, accidents involving these massive vehicles
are often devastating. The sheer size and weight of a big rig results
in a high fatality rate. Victims who manage to survive typically suffer
catastrophic injuries, such as permanent disabilities. Many of these collisions are caused by
preventable factors, including drowsy driving and inadequate maintenance.
The following are the most common causes of
Driver fatigue – Driving while drowsy is perhaps one of the leading causes of truck
accidents in the country. Trucking companies and their drivers are subject
to hours-of-service regulations, which limit the number of hours truckers
can spend driving before they need to take rest breaks. Due to strict
deadlines, however, many truckers ignore these regulations in order to
Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo – In order to save time and money, truck companies can sometimes
overload or improperly load a cargo. However, a heavy cargo can make maneuvering
a truck difficult and result in tire blowouts due to the excessive weight.
Distracted driving – Spending long hours on the road, often in remote locations, can
result in truck drivers multitasking. The common form of distraction is
a cellphone. However, multitasking forces drivers to take their hands,
eyes, and mind away from the road.
Improper maintenance – Trucking companies are required to constantly maintain and repair their
vehicles. All maintenance checks need to be documented and a truck company
can be held liable for a truck accidents caused by faulty equipment, such
as faulty brakes or tire blowouts.
Substance abuse – Many truck drivers on the road operate their vehicles while drunk or while
impaired by drugs. Furthermore, drugs that are legally prescribed can
negatively influence a trucker’s reaction time, depth perception,
If you suffered a serious injury in a collision caused by a negligent truck
driver in Virginia,
contact our Richmond, VA personal injury lawyer at
Halperin Law Center and request a