Common Causes Behind Commercial Truck Crashes

Research indicates that tractor-trailer crashes are one of the leading deaths on America's roadways. There are different reasons why that is. For instance, it is often due to the trucks being so much bigger and heavier than conventional passenger vehicles. Sure, most cars on the streets are jam-packed with safety features. Yet, they are still no match for the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks.

Of course, getting rid of big rigs isn't the answer. That's because they transport cargo here, there, and everywhere. Even in St. Petersburg, the units and their drivers are necessary. After all, citizens appreciate having goods such as fuel, food, and clothing available to purchase. However, that doesn't mean operators should have free reign to do as they please.

So, if you get into an accident and sustain severe injuries because of a negligent eighteen-wheeler driver, hold them accountable for their actions. You might have the grounds to seek compensation from them or the company they drive for. We'll tell you who to contact with help for that in a bit, but first, let's look at some common forms of negligence that causes tractor-trailer crashes. 

Impaired Behind The Wheel

A study conducted not too long ago by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, discovered that large truck accidents increased by four percent from 2014 to 2015. That jump is worrisome enough. However, perhaps the reason why is even scarier. The research reveals that driver impairment was a contributing factor in approximately one-third of the incidents.

That means many truckers are electing to drink or use drugs before getting behind the wheel. Those things impair their judgment and prevent them from making good decisions. Then, disasters strike.

Dozing Off When Driving

It's no secret that many people get lulled off to sleep by the open road. Yet, if a person drives for a living, one would think they might be immune. Unfortunately, that isn't the case, though. Truck drivers are just like anyone else, and drowsy driving can set in with them, much like anyone else.

Things can go horribly wrong in a hurry when tractor-trailer operators doze off. They can cross lanes of traffic, hitting cars head on, strike a vehicle in the rear if it stops abruptly in front of them, or even side-swipe an auto in a lane next to them after going over the white line.

Distracted Driving Or Texting And Driving

Distracted driving comes in many forms. However, texting and driving is the one being focused on today. Almost everybody has a smartphone these days, including eighteen-wheeler drivers. These devices should never be used while operating vehicles. Yet, people do so anyway. They bury their faces in their phone screens and not much of anything else. When this happens with drivers, crashes occur.

Some Final Thoughts

Have you been injured in an accident because of a tractor-trailer operator's negligence? Don't let them get off Scot-free. Instead, get the money you need and deserve for auto repairs, medical expenses, etc., by putting the St. Pete Lawyer in your corner. He has been practicing law in Florida since 1987, and he's ready to assist.

So, whenever you're ready, give our firm a call and schedule a free case evaluation. It's as easy as one, two, and three. Mr. Babboni will discuss the matter with you thoroughly and help you determine your next steps.