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3 Reasons Why Truck Accidents Happen

May 2, 2024 | Jany Martinez Ward
3 Reasons Why Truck Accidents Happen

Certain moments in life are determined by what you can control and what is out of your control.

Let's say that some things can surprise you, while others you can prevent, avoid, or remove yourself from the factors that cause them.

And how does this apply when you're behind the wheel? Are we objectively never really safe when we're on the road? Or are we? Can anyone guarantee that nothing fatal will happen? Will no object get in our way?

Who can guarantee that our return later in the day is safe every morning when we leave home? Based on this, we must analyze all the variables and evaluate each case separately.

For example, when it comes to truck accidents, we have identified that these can occur due to unavoidable circumstances, such as a diabetic coma for the person who did not take it into account and did not moderate his diet or a heart attack that surprises someone who was feeling very healthy, or perhaps more commonly due to uncontrollable fatigue of someone who falls asleep at the wheel.

The curious thing is that truck accidents are sometimes linked more to human error than to technical errors. Falling asleep is a human error, while a spontaneous brake error is a technical fatality.

With so many variables to consider, our responsibility is based on our ability to mitigate risk, reduce the chances of something violent happening, be aware of our every move and action, and take all possible precautions.

1. Driver Fatigue

One of the primary reasons behind truck accidents is driver fatigue. Truck drivers often have demanding schedules, leading to long hours on the road without adequate rest.

This lack of sleep can impair judgment, slow reaction times, and increase the likelihood of accidents. Despite regulations limiting driving hours, some drivers push themselves beyond their limits to meet deadlines, putting themselves and others at risk.

2. Distracted Driving

Another common cause of truck accidents is distracted driving. With the prevalence of smartphones and other electronic devices, drivers may become distracted by texting, making calls, or using GPS while behind the wheel.

 Even a momentary distraction can have catastrophic consequences when operating a large commercial vehicle. Additionally, distractions within the truck cab, such as eating or adjusting the radio, can divert a driver's attention from the road.

3. Poor Vehicle Maintenance

In some cases, truck accidents occur due to inadequate vehicle maintenance. Commercial trucks require regular inspections and maintenance to ensure they are safe for operation. However, neglecting maintenance tasks such as brake checks, tire inspections, and engine repairs can lead to mechanical failures on the road.

Brake failures, tire blowouts, and other mechanical issues can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle, resulting in accidents.

In conclusion, while truck accidents can occur for various reasons, many are preventable. By addressing factors such as driver fatigue, distracted driving, and poor vehicle maintenance, we can reduce the number of truck accidents on our roads.

Trucking companies, drivers, and regulatory agencies must prioritize safety to protect lives and prevent unnecessary tragedies.

At The Ward Law Group, we understand the devastating impact truck accidents can have on victims and their families. That's why we're dedicated to fighting for justice and seeking maximum compensation for those injured in truck accidents.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident. Our experienced legal team is here to help you navigate the legal process and secure the compensation you deserve.

Stay safe on the road, and always prioritize safety behind the wheel.

We wish all victims of truck accidents a speedy recovery and good health. If you or someone you know has been affected by a truck accident, please don't hesitate to visit our offices in Miami Lakes and New York for a consultation. Your well-being is our top priority.

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Jany Martinez Ward

Jany Martínez-Ward is a Founding and Managing Partner of The Ward Law Group, PL, a Florida law firm representing victims of car accidents. She focuses her practice on providing legal representation to Hispanic clients that have become injured in a car accident as a result of the negligence of others. In 2018, The National Trial Lawyers Association recognized Jany as one of the top attorneys in the state and among the top 40 under 40 attorneys.


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