What kind of negligence is typically found in a commercial truck accident?

The truck driver, the company that hired the driver or a third party connected to your crash may ultimately be found to be liable for your injuries if their negligence caused the accident that hurt you.

A groundbreaking study of truck accidents, known as the “The Large Truck Crash Causation Study,” cited factors commonly found in commercial truck accidents. They included:

Driver error:

  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Following too close
  • Inadequate surveillance (failure to look)
  • Illegal maneuvers
  • Internal driver distraction
  • External driver distraction
  • Inattention
  • Driver fatigue
  • Unfamiliarity with the roadway
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Illegal drug use
  • Alcohol use

Vehicle problems:

  • Brake problems
  • Tire problems
  • Cargo shift (improperly secured cargo)

Vehicle problems may be a maintenance issue, which implies carrier liability, or a design or manufacturing defect that a third party might be liable for. The study also cited work pressure from the trucker’s employer, which may lead to fatigued driving or driving too fast to meet a delivery deadline. Roadway problems, which are a factor in some accidents, could lead to a claim against a local government or contractors who failed in their duty to ensure proper road maintenance or design.

After a proper investigation by the Becker Law Office, any of several people or organizations might be held liable for your truck accident.