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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

| December 31, 2021

Because of their size and weight, truck accidents can cause very serious injuries for the other drivers who are involved. To get the compensation you deserve, you need to be able to identify the cause of the accident. An experienced Waldorf truck accident lawyer can review your case, identify the cause of your accident, and determine who should be held accountable for your injuries. 

Speeding is Never a Good Idea and When a Crash Involves a Truck, the Results Can Be Deadly

Speeding is one of the most common causes of truck accidents. When a truck driver is speeding, it makes the truck harder to control and requires a greater distance to stop. Truck accidents caused by speeding can cause catastrophic accidents that result in severe injuries. If you have been injured in a truck accident that was caused by speeding, a Waldorf truck accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you need. 

Our Waldorf Truck Accident Lawyer Knows the Issues Surrounding Distracted Driving

Truck drivers are prone to driving while distracted, just like anyone else. Common distractions include texting while driving, eating and drinking while driving, or simply daydreaming. Truck drivers have a legal obligation to pay full time and attention when they are behind the wheel, and driving while distracted is negligent driving. Unfortunately, proving that the driver was distracted is very difficult, but a Waldorf truck accident lawyer will know what evidence you will need.  

Driving While Fatigued is a Problem for Many Local and Over-the Road Truckers

Truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel. In fact, there are regulations in place that limit the number of hours that truck drivers can spend driving and mandate breaks. Unfortunately, some trucking companies pressure drivers to ignore these rules and keep driving to make deliveries on time. Regardless, drivers can become fatigued even if they are complying with these regulations. 

Even if they aren’t falling asleep behind the wheel, fatigued truck drivers typically have slower reaction times and poor judgment, which can quickly lead to an accident that results in serious injuries. If you have been injured in a truck accident that you believe was caused by driving while fatigued, a Waldorf truck accident lawyer can help you get fair compensation.  

Mechanical Failures Can Lead to Tragic Accidents

Mechanical failures with the truck or trailer are another common cause of truck accidents. Unfortunately, many of these failures are the result of negligent maintenance. Failing to service the brakes or replace worn tires, for example, can result in an accident because the driver is unable to stop the truck safely. In some cases, the mechanical failure may have been caused by defective parts. A Waldorf truck accident lawyer will be able to identify the cause of your accident, whether it’s due to negligent maintenance or defective parts.  

Overloaded or Unbalanced Cargo Can Result in Numerous Issues

When a truck is overloaded or the cargo isn’t properly balanced, it can significantly affect how the truck handles. This can lead to tire blowouts and tip-over accidents that can result in very serious injuries for other drivers. However, determining who is responsible for the accident can sometimes be challenging. 

Injured in a Truck Accident? Contact Waldorf Truck Accident Lawyer Tom Pyles Today

At the Law Offices of Thomas E. Pyles, we’ve been helping accident victims get the compensation they need for almost 30 years. If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact us today at 301-705-5006 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help.