Posted On: July 22, 2012 by Ryan Bradley

Five Common Causes of Truck Accident Claims

Due their sheer weight and size, truck accidents can cause serious injury and even death. While there is state and federal regulations in place to minimize the dangers inherent in the trucking industry, truck accidents still occur frequently. There are common reasons for truck accidents, which include:


Driver fatigue tops the list as a leading cause of truck accidents. State and federal laws have attempted to correct this, by regulating the number of hours that a driver can work in a given work day and work week. There are specific regulations, which also require a driver to have a minimum number of consecutive off duty hours as well. These rules have been specifically designed to keep the driver alert, and limit the possibility of driver fatigue. It is important to be aware the employer can be held liable for requiring a driver to work past the maximum number of allowable hours.

Speeding, Not Observing Rules of the Road

According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NTSB), over 25% of fatal truck accidents involved a driver that had been previously cited for speeding. Trucks are particularly dangerous when they are driven at high levels of speed, because of their weight and size.

Faulty Maintenance and Inspection of Truck

Trucking companies and their drivers obligated to perform thorough inspection and maintenance of their vehicles. At the very minimum, this should include regular, appropriate maintenance as well additional pre-trip inspections.

Substance Abuse

Truck driving involves long hours on the road, and it is difficult to maintain focus for hours at a time. Some drivers rely on illegal substances to stay alert. Employers are required to perform drug testing of their drivers upon hiring. Throughout their employment, drivers often go through additional periodic drug testing.

Poorly Loaded Trailers

An improperly loaded trailer can significantly impair the ability of the driver to handle the truck. In the event of a truck accident, the driver could be liable for not following the rules of the road, but also for a poorly loaded trailer, which affects the ability to keep the truck under control.


Missouri Truck Accident Lawyer

At E. Ryan Bradley, our team of Missouri truck accident attorneys are experienced in cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death claims as a result of negligent truck drivers and the hiring companies. Figuring out who to hire after a devastating injury can be very confusing. A tractor trailer crash poses complex issues involving both federal and state law. Our injury lawyers keep up to date on the most recent proposed legislation, laws, rules and regulations affecting the trucking industry. It is imperative the personal injury attorney you choose has significant experience in this very specialized area of law. Lawyers who handle truck cases like big car accidents are not only doing a disservice to their clients, they are likely committing legal malpractice.

Unfortunately, our lawyers have seen first-hand how negligent truck drivers and companies who routinely violate federal safety regulations permanently disable, disfigure and kill innocent men, women and children. This blog is dedicated to prevention of these needless injuries and deaths by educating the public about truck crashes, how they happen, how to avoid them, and exposing the underlying causes of truck accidents and the truck companies who routinely violate the rules.

Truck accident litigation is what we do. We have a demonstrated track record of success. Our Missouri injury attorneys have successfully collected multi-millions of dollars in awards for victims. We hope this blog will be a valuable resource for prospective clients and referring attorneys when deciding who will best represent their interests.

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