Car accidents happen. But when they happen with an 18-wheeler, they can be especially dangerous. While trucking is a business that provides many Americans with good, honest pay, truckers are subject to road accidents just like four-wheel drivers are.
While drivers can do a lot to avoid these accidents by driving defensively, there are also causes for accidents that are out of their control. Here are some common reasons for accidents involving 18-wheelers.
Like any other driver, truck drivers can make errors. These errors could be caused by an honest mistake, or by another factor, such as fatigue or intoxication.
18-wheelers drive for thousands of miles every day. Because of this, proper vehicle maintenance is an important part of preventing accidents. However, vehicle failures may occur for a variety of reasons, including:
- A manufacturer producing a faulty component
- A trucking company neglecting to maintain a vehicle properly
- A driver failing to report faults in a vehicle.
Loading errors are also a common cause of accidents. There are specific rules, which regulate methods for securing cargo and limit the weight that 18-wheelers can carry. Improper loads may lead to accidents on the road.
Responding to an accident
Suffering a motor vehicle accident can be devastating. In addition to medical bills, you may miss work, suffer from mental and physical pain and even lose your life.
If you or a loved one are ever involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you should think about pursuing a personal injury claim to hold the proper party responsible and mitigate any suffering you may have experienced.