When a truck accident occurs, the resulting injuries and property damage are often substantial. There are many potential causes of truck accidents, and oftentimes it is the driver of the truck who is responsible, not the victim in the much smaller vehicle. Victims of accidents must act quickly in order to protect their legal rights after a crash. Part of the necessary actions include identifying the parties responsible for the crash.
7 Forms of Driver Error That Lead to Truck Accidents
When a truck driver acts recklessly or carelessly, the risk of an accident significantly increases. The following are seven examples of how a truck driver’s actions may increase the risk of a crash:
- Driving the truck while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving the truck while talking on the phone or texting
- Using a fraudulent commercial license
- Failing to take sufficient breaks in accordance with federal hours-of-service laws
- Ignoring recommended and required truck maintenance
- Failing to follow truck safety protocol
- Loading heavy cargo improperly on the truck
If you were involved in an accident with a large truck and any of the above conditions applied to the circumstances surrounding your crash, the driver may be responsible for your injuries and losses. It is important, however, to act quickly to protect your legal rights. Injury claims following a truck accident are subject to strict time limitations. We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We encourage you to contact us today for more information at 800-989-6385.