Causes of Truck Accidents
Las Vegas Truck Accident Lawyer
Investigating and determining the cause of a truck accident is an important
step that our attorneys take when we represent a victim. We need to know
what led to the collision in order to see what party or parties can be
held liable. In our experience, the factors that may contribute to a truck
accident will vary from collision to collision. That is why we thoroughly
investigate each claim we handle, and why we created this page to offer
insight regarding some of the potential causes. In addition to reviewing
this information, call a
Las Vegas truck accident attorney at our firm at any time.
An issue that affects all motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, distracted
driving can lead to a serious truck accident. A truck driver or other
motorist may be talking on the phone, texting or otherwise paying attention
to something other than driving and may run a red light, miss a stop sign
or veer out of a lane and cause a collision.
Trucker Substance Abuse
Substance abuse is a grave problem across the U.S., both with narcotics
and alcohol. Though most truck drivers do not abuse drugs or alcohol,
some have turned to these substances to cope with lack of sleep, stress
and other problems associated with the job. Drug and alcohol use can easily
interfere with mental and physical abilities, leading to an accident.
Truck Driver Fatigue
Lack of sleep and overall fatigue can pose very real problems for truck
drivers, who may drive extremely long distances with few breaks to try
to keep up with stiff delivery deadlines. Federal trucking regulations
limit the number of consecutive hours a trucker can remain behind the
wheel and mandate breaks and sleep periods for truck drivers, but these
are not always followed to the letter. Fatigued truck drivers can cause
accidents if their driving abilities are adversely impacted or they fall
asleep behind the wheel.
Improperly Loaded Truck
A truck must be loaded properly for braking, maneuverability and overall
safety. If a truck is overloaded, the driver may have difficulty controlling
the truck and braking. If a truck load is improperly balanced, it may
shift dramatically during transit, even causing the vehicle to veer on
the road. If a truck load is improperly secured, objects may fall from
the truck and strike other vehicles. All of these scenarios pose serious
hazards for other motorists.
Speeding and Other Traffic Violations
Truck drivers and all motorists must obey traffic laws for their safety
and the safety of others on the road. Speeding, following too closely,
weaving in and out of traffic, texting while driving or any other traffic
violation may cause a Las Vegas truck accident.
Poorly Maintained Trucks
Large commercial vehicles must be properly maintained if they are to function
correctly and in a safe manner. Brakes, tires, steering and suspension
systems, oil levels and all other parts of a truck sustain a considerable
amount of wear and tear due to the distance traveled and the load carried.
If these are not properly maintained, they may malfunction and cause an accident.
Strong winds, snow, fog, rain and other heavy weather may have a considerable
impact on a large truck. Drivers must compensate by driving more slowly,
allowing greater distances between vehicles and taking turns carefully.
Our team is experienced in handling weather-related truck accidents that
involve driver negligence and other factors.
Defective Truck or Auto Parts
There are times when a truck accident may be caused by a defective truck
or auto part. If such a part – like brakes, tires or airbags –
are poorly designed or manufactured, it may malfunction and cause an accident.
Even an experienced truck driver may not be able to avoid a collision
in the event of a tire blowout caused by tires with manufacturing defects.
To learn more about truck accidents and their causes,
contact our firm. We stand prepared to help truck accident victims in Las Vegas and throughout
Nevada – call today to see how we can help with your case!