3Alcohol and drugs
In a study conducted by the American Addiction Centers, 50% of the interrogated truck drivers admitted to drinking alcohol while driving, 30% to amphetamine use, 20% to marijuana, and 3% to cocaïne. Whether stimulants or depressants, all of those substances highly impair the ability to drive. They also lead to reckless driving.
Tennessee law considers reckless driving as willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
It can be speeding if the truck driver is late on the delivery time, unsafe lane changes and failure to yield, aggressive driving, and road rage.
5Inadequate training and inexperience
Commercial trucks like 18-wheelers are big and heavy. Handling those rigs requires proper training and experience. Regulations clearly define the training requirements of any aspiring truck driver. Unfortunately, some drivers hit the road without meeting those requirements.
Besides, poor road conditions and weather conditions like wind, rain, and snow require more experience to prevent skidding, hydroplaning, or jackknifing.
6Trucking company’s and other parties’ negligence
The trucking company is required to inspect each truck before it gets on the road. Maintenance costs and lack of time may cause companies to overlook those steps. Unsafe trucks may end up on the road.
If a truck is poorly maintained or has defective parts, several parties could be liable:
- The trucking company.
- The truck broker.
- The truck manufacturer.
- The part manufacturer.
- The company responsible for repairs and maintenance.
Determining fault is complex. It requires the expertise of an experienced truck accident attorney.
7Improper cargo loading
There are strong regulations about truck loading with specific limits for weight, size, length, width, and height. However, loading mistakes happen. Cargo may be too heavy and break an axle, or too high to pass under a bridge, etc. If a load falls onto the road, it may cause disastrous crashes.
Also, some trucks carry hazardous materials falling under even stricter requirements. Those materials (oil, chemicals, etc.) might catch on fire or cause any dangerous situation.
8Trucks’ structural hazards
Some structural factors make trucks more at risk of accidents than other types of vehicles:
- Due to their massive weight, they have poor braking ability.
- Due to their size, they have large blind spots and operate wide turns.
9Poor road conditions
Potholes, gravel, missing/broken signage, missing/insufficient reflectors and paint lines, missing/defective guardrails, deadly curves, narrow bridges, construction sites, etc. All of those may cause a truck crash.
10Poor environmental conditions
Animal crossings, rain, ice, snow, fog, or night: those conditions are out of anyone’s control. They may cause the accident itself or aggravate it.
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