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Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents

Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents

There are numerous reasons why sudden, unexpected truck crash occurs on our local highways. However, several frequent causes have been identified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation Office of Motor Carrier Compliance as the most common or leading causes of highway collisions. The following are a few of the primary reasons for a traffic fatality or severe injury because of a truck crash:

Physical factors affecting the driver
Falling asleep or drowsy driving
Aggressive driving
Driving under the influence
Trucks hitting pedestrians
A collision between a big rig and a smaller passenger vehicle
Trucks hitting fixed objects
Loss of control
Tire blow out
Vehicle failure
Weather conditions

Most of these common types of semi accidents involved combination trucks: tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers (tractor trucks pulling a trailer). Additionally, both FMCSA and OMCC have identified an array of truck types involved in fatal collisions or serious crashes:

18 wheelers
22 wheelers
Dump trucks
Garbage trucks
Cement mixers
Auto carriers
Livestock carriers
Flatbed trucks
Flatbed trailers
Box trucks

Trucking Accident Assistance

It's frequently challenging for an individual to gauge the devastation that has just occurred after a truck collision. An individual in a semi-truck accident must seek medical attention immediately at the scene and nearby medical center. Even if the passenger vehicle driver or passengers do not immediately feel pain after such an accident, they may be dazed, confused, or shell-shocked because of the force of the collision. The personal injury might be internal, such as brain hemorrhage, herniated disc, spinal cord injury, or traumatic brain injury. An examination by a doctor immediately following a semi-truck crash can ensure that safety precautions are taken. Suppose personal injury was caused by the motor carrier's negligence, including that of the truck driver, trucking company, or other third parties. In that case, the victim should promptly contact a personal injury lawyer and truck accident attorney to review the circumstances, begin an investigation, and, if called for, prepare a truck accident claim. While preparing a truck accident lawsuit may seem to some like a quick reaction to a trucking accident that occurred recently, the fact is your truck accident lawyer wants to have subpoena power to secure witness information, preserve critical evidence, and move the case forward as quickly as possible. Semi accidents, including tractor-trailer accidents, big-rig accidents, and 18-wheeler accidents, often result in wrongful death or catastrophic injury. Delays typically help the motor carrier, not the truck accident injury victim. Acting promptly is essential to prove the truck company's liability quickly. Call us today. We're here to help.

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