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!