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Causes of Truck Accidents

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Truck accidents may occur for any number of reasons. The US Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a multi-year study which highlights some of the most common causes of trucking accidents in the US.

Truck Driver Errors

Whatever the cause of the accident is, negligent truck drivers need to be held accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, it's important to seek qualified legal counsel. Turn to the experienced attorneys at Metzger Wickersham. If we represent you, we will relentlessly fight to get you fair and just compensation.

According to the study, top contributing factors in truck crashes include driver errors such as:
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • Driver fatigue
  • Inattention to the road
  • Alcohol or illegal drug use
  • Unfamiliar with roadway
  • External distraction
  • Breaking traffic laws / illegal maneuvers

Vehicle factors (such as improper maintenance, failed brakes or tires, lighting deficiencies and improperly loaded trailer) also play a role in causing two-vehicle truck crashes. Other contributing factors include environmental and weather issues like slick roadways and poor visibility due to rain, snow or fog.

Truck Accidents Are Often Caused by Negligent Driver Behavior

Interstate commerce depends on commercial trucking. While the majority of trained truck and tractor trailer drivers are careful and conscientious, some drivers choose to engage in risky behaviors. In our many years practicing law, we have seen truck accidents caused by speeding, texting while driving (which is now illegal for truck drivers in the US), drowsy driving, and other reckless choices like improper lane shifting.

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At Metzger Wickersham, our attorneys have the knowledge, experience, skills and resources to hold trucking companies accountable. We have successfully resolved many cases by obtaining settlements and awards for injured truck accident victims and their families.

If you've been injured in a truck accident, get in touch with our firm to learn about your rights. The initial consultation is free, and you don't pay us unless you win. Call (888) 286-2850 to begin!

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