There is a common belief that drugs and alcohol abuse are among the top causes of 18-wheeler crashes. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) discovered that mechanical defects, driving new routes, fatigue, job pressure, and aggressive driving are most often the common causes of crashes caused by 18-wheelers.
Most widespread of all the causes of accidents deal with issues related to tires, wheels, and brakes. When you consider the weight of tractor-trailer rigs, speed, and stopping distance, mechanical issues play a major factor in crashes.
Annually, there about 500,000 18-wheeler crashes. And 74% of all fatal passenger vehicle cases include an 18-wheeler. It has been estimated that by 2030 tractor-trailer wrecks will become the fifth largest cause of death in the USA.
Simple safety measures by trucking companies can prevent many of these wrecks. Every vehicle should have consistent maintenance checks prior to being placed on the road. Trucking companies should also have policies and procedures in place for drivers that include:
- drug/alcohol testing
- hours of driver service
Most 18-wheeler wrecks are preventable but occur because of negligence on the part of the trucking company, the driver or both. Our team of truck accident lawyers and legal professionals is well-versed in complex litigation resulting from 18-wheeler wreck injuries. We know what to look for in determining fault and have the skills to hold those responsible accountable for damages.
If you are unsure about whether to file an 18-wheeler claim, call us and schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers. We will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal recourse for your losses. Call us today at (479) 202-5200. We can help.
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