With the rapid growth of the trucking industry in recent years, there are more trucks on the roads and unfortunately, many more truck accidents on U.S. highways. Trucks represent a significant percentage of highway traffic as they transport commercial and industrial goods across the country. Large trucks are crucial to the economy. They are an important part of regular business operation. Their downside is their mass. They are huge compared to other vehicles, and when a truck hits a smaller vehicle, severe motor vehicle accidents occur.
Types Of Trucks On The Road
All types of car accidents are traumatic. Dallas area drivers probably recognize that accidents occur every day, sometimes occurring during a commute to work or just while running everyday errands. When large trucks are involved in accidents, the severity of the injuries is often significant. This is especially true for truck accidents that occur on highways and interstates. Heavy traffic makes it almost impossible for these rolling giants to avoid colliding with multiple vehicles upon impact.
Semi-trucks are not the only type of vehicle categorized as a truck. In fact, you can assume that all commercial vehicles, including vans, fall into this category. Some of the other vehicles that fall into the truck category include:
- Box trucks
- Fire trucks
- Semi-trailer trucks
- Trash trucks
- Flatbed trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Tow trucks
When a larger vehicle collides with a smaller vehicle, it’s common sense that the damage to the smaller vehicle will be more serious. This is why truck accidents, like motorcycle accidents, often result in fatalities and serious injuries. What’s sad is cautious and vigilant driving could have prevented many of these accidents.
Who Is To Blame For Truck Accidents?
When determining liability in a trucking accident, there are many factors that should be considered. Weather conditions, the skill level of the driver or faulty equipment could all contribute to an accident.
Some of the common causes of truck accidents include the following:
- Driver fatigue
- Reckless driving
- Excessive speeding
- Drunk driving
- Failure to properly yield or change lanes
- Aggressive driving
Distracted driving or texting while driving
An investigator considers the above factors when determining the cause of a truck accident. Truckers are subject to the same distractions as other drivers, yet they carry a greater responsibility because of the sheer size of their trucks and the professional class of their drivers’ licenses. Truck drivers are paid to stay on the delivery schedule, and that pressure could encourage industry-wide poor driving habits, including speeding, reckless driving or fatigued driving.
Insurance companies employed by large trucking companies may pressure accident victims to settle for low amounts of money. Do not succumb to pressure. Talk with an experienced and knowledgeable Dallas car accident attorney before you agree to the terms of any settlement.