Contributing Factors to Truck Accidents
If you have been involved in a crash, you may be wondering what the contributing factors to truck accidents are. These facts may be important to determining who is liable for your compensation. Here is what you need to know.
Contributing Factors to Truck Accidents | Fatigued Driving
According to both federal and state law, truck drivers are limited on the amount of time that they may spend behind the wheel. Sadly, they’re often assigned unreasonable deadlines and are pressured to drive when they shouldn’t. Many truck accidents in New York happen because truck drivers aren’t devoting all of their attention to the road.
Contributing Factors to Truck Accidents | Driving While Under the Influence
When someone has a CDL, they have a different blood-alcohol content limit. For passenger vehicle operators who are at least 21 years old, they may have a BAC of up to .08%. Drivers with a CDL may not have a BAC that is higher than .04%. Driving under the influence can be caused by illegal drugs, legal prescriptions, and alcohol.
Semi-trucks take longer to stop than passenger vehicles. Unexpected traffic jams or cars pulling out in front of a truck are big issues. Because of the weight of the truck, it takes it much longer to come to a stop.
Contributing Factors to Truck Accidents | Improper Truck Maintenance
Not all truck drivers are required to perform maintenance or to ensure that proper maintenance is performed on the truck. This may be the job of the company that employs the driver. When truck maintenance is neglected in any way, it can create a big danger to both the truck driver and the public. Defective parts used during maintenance may also cause accidents to happen. In those cases, the manufacturer of the part may be held responsible.
Contributing Factors to Truck Accidents | Improperly Loaded and Secured Trailers
Truck drivers aren’t always responsible for the loading and securing of the goods they’re being paid to transport, but sometimes they are. When the goods aren’t properly loaded and secured, seemingly simple acts such as making a turn can cause the load to shift. If that happens, it can cause the entire truck to lose control.
If you have any questions, please call and schedule a free consultation with one of our New York truck accident lawyers. We’ll evaluate your case and help you protect your legal rights. To learn more about how we can help you, call Krause & Glassmith right away.