Signs the Truck Driver was at Fault
There are many different factors that can cause a semi-truck accident, and often times fault can be attributed to the truck driver. Although states enforce rules and regulations on all truck driving companies and drivers in hopes to decrease the amount of accidents, many slip through the cracks. When a truck driver doesn’t abide by the regulations and use extra precautions, they are usually at fault in an accident.
Most common reasons a truck driver is at fault for an accident
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers are 10 times more likely to cause a truck accident than other factors such as bad weather and road conditions. the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that truck accidents happen around 90,000 times a year and kill approximately 4,000 each year in the United States. Laws and regulations around truck drivers aim to lessen these numbers, but unfortunately different factors contribute to truck accidents often.
If you have been involved in an accident with a semi-truck, below are some reasons you may be able to find the truck driver at fault for:
- Driving unreasonably, including speeding, not being aware of their trailer size or performing any other action that disregards the safety of other drivers.
- Not being careful of their blind spots. In such large vehicles there a numerous blind spots drivers need to look out for while driving, changing lanes and parking.
- Driving without getting enough sleep is dangerous for drivers of normal cars. For semi-truck drivers it can be life threatening. Trucking companies have sleep regulations that keep drivers from driving while tired and not abiding by these regulations can be very dangerous.
- Using a cell phone while driving is becoming more common and extremely dangerous. The Department of
- Transportation bans the use of cellphones for bus and truck drivers, although these bans are broken more often than you think.