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Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents

Semi-truck accidents can present far more dangers to those involved than the average automobile collision. This is because semi-truck accidents can carry an immense amount of not only weight but in size as compared to other vehicles on the road. On average, a passenger automobile can weigh approximately 4,000 pounds. On the contrary, a big rig can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. In this perspective, it is easy to see how an accident involving a big rig can result in devastating injuries, and in some cases, even death.

Understanding common causes behind semi-truck accidents can help to establish liability. If you have been involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, consult the legal expertise of an attorney who can protect your rights. As a victim of an accident caused by a negligent party, you may have the opportunity to recover financial compensation for your injuries.

Cause #1: Motorist Errors

Although truck drivers have an increased amount of responsibility to roadway safety, they can nonetheless make mistakes. Semi-truck drivers can make the careless mistake of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance, driving while tired or drowsy, or driving distracted.

Cause #2: Lack of Vehicle Maintenance

The majority of semi-trucks can travel hundreds of miles each day. In effort of keeping up with the vast wear and tear of the vehicle, the drivers, trucking companies, as well as maintenance crews will need to routinely work to ensure the upkeep. Equipment failures, such as cracked windshields or worn out brake pads, could cause devastating traffic accidents. It is a semi-truck driver’s responsibility to check vehicle prior to every shift as well as submit a maintenance report. Failing to upkeep the vehicle can have deadly consequences not only for the big rig driver but others on the road as well.

Cause #3: Stormy Weather

Low visibility caused by poor weather conditions can cause a semi-truck driver to lose control of the vehicle, especially if the driver is not properly trained or prepared to operate the vehicle in such conditions.

Cause #4: Incorrect Cargo Loading

Truck drivers along with cargo loading teams have a responsibility of following industry specific regulations regarding loading a commercial truck. Trucks have a specific amount of weight, height, and size limitations to loading. Additionally, trucks also have specified methods of securing the cargo to be transported. Errors or carelessness during a loading process can result in a load falling off onto the road, which may result in a catastrophic accident.

When It Comes to Semi-Truck Accidents, Obtain the Legal Support of an Experienced Attorney

Big rig accidents can happen, even if the truck driver takes the proper precautions. This is because there are several reasons as to why a semi-truck accident can happen. If you have suffered an accident involving a big rig, seek the legal expertise of a professional attorney who can help you file a claim, which could provide you with the financial compensation you deserve.

The attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine, & Knox, LLP are experienced in personal injury cases involving semi-trucks. The firm is dedicated to helping victims of negligent trucking accidents obtain the compensation they deserve.

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Stephen Levine, is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defense — an honor achieved by only the top criminal law attorneys in California. Mr. Levine has over 40 years of experience in criminal defense and family law serving Southern California, and is a highly regarded Super Lawyer as well as AV Rated attorney.