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Causes of Large Truck Crashes


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The Most Common Contributors to Big Rig Accidents

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Causes of Large Truck Crashes

  1. 1. CAUSES OF LARGE TRUCK CRASHES The Most Common Contributors to Big Rig Accidents
  2. 2. When a Large Truck and Smaller Vehicle Collide… Crashes involving tractor-trailers are some of the most serious on our roads. The size and weight of a large truck make them dangerous to other motorists. In fact, when large trucks and smaller vehicles collide in fatal crashes, 97 percent of the deaths are occupants of the smaller vehicle, compared to only 3 percent of large truck occupants. Contact us today! 972-426-2621
  3. 3. More Statistics on Large Truck Accidents in Texas  In Dallas County alone, there were nearly 4,000 crashes involving commercial vehicles in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available.  Of those crashes in Dallas, there were 32 deaths and 98 incapacitating injuries.  Every year in Texas, there are around 400 fatal crashes involving large trucks. Contact us today! 972-426-2621
  4. 4. Why Do These Crashes Happen? There are many different factors at play when looking at causes of large truck crashes. One crash can have several contributing factors, so every case is different. However, most crashes are caused by human error. Let’s look at a few of the most common reasons why crashes occur… Contact us today! 972-426-2621
  5. 5. Fatigue One of the biggest concerns among trucking safety advocates is driver fatigue. Truck drivers travel long distances and spend many hours behind the wheel, both of which make a driver more likely to be involved in a crash. Nearly one-third of all truck drivers have sleep apnea, which also makes drowsy driving more likely. Contact us today! 972-426-2621
  6. 6. Distraction Distraction has become a major concern for all road users. Drivers can be distracted physically, visually or cognitively. Activities that lead to distracted driving accidents include:  Using a smartphone or mobile device  Eating or drinking  Looking in mirrors  Using navigation devices or car stereos. Contact us today! 972-426-2621
  7. 7. Impairment Impairment can take many forms. It is perhaps most closely associated with alcohol use, but other substances like marijuana, prescription drugs and some non-prescription drugs can also cause a driver to be impaired behind the wheel. Contact us today! 972-426-2621
  8. 8. Reckless Driving Reckless driving includes ignoring stop signs and signals, veering into another lane without signaling and following another vehicle too closely. The most deadly type of reckless driving is speeding, which is the most frequent driver-related crash factor for drivers of both vehicle types. Speeding includes both exceeding a posted speed limit and driving too fast for the conditions of the road. Contact us today! 972-426-2621
  9. 9. Inexperience Truck drivers should receive extensive training before getting behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer. These trucks weigh 20 to 30 times as much as passenger vehicles and take 20 to 40 percent longer to brake to a full stop. When a driver is less experienced, they are more prone to drive recklessly and cause a serious crash. Contact us today! 972-426-2621
  10. 10. Large Truck Crashes Have Serious Consequences Crashes involving tractor-trailers are often very serious. Injuries suffered can be severe, such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, organ damage or multiple fractures. In the worst of cases, the injuries can be deadly. But a crash can also lead to other financial challenges. These could include expensive medical bills, ongoing treatment, property damage, lost income and loss of work capacity. Contact us today! 972-426-2621
  11. 11. Who is Responsible for a Large Truck Accident? No two cases are the same, and it is difficult to know who is at fault for a crash without an investigation. Either driver might be responsible. When a truck driver is negligent and collides with another vehicle or pedestrian, that driver might also share blame with their employer if the trucking company was demanding too much from the driver or putting that driver in a situation where a crash was more likely to occur. Contact us today! 972-426-2621
  12. 12. Legal Options for Crash Victims If you’ve been injured in a large truck accident, you should seek legal assistance to learn more about your options. Truck drivers and trucking companies often have the support of large legal teams that spring into action after a crash to mitigate liability. By hiring an experienced truck accident attorney, you’ll be sure you have an advocate with the track record and skill to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today! 972-426-2621
  13. 13. Contact Guajardo & Marks to Learn More At Guajardo & Marks, we have a reputation for handling cases that involve serious injuries. While many firms take on high caseloads, we prefer to focus on a smaller set of clients to make sure we can devote our full resources to their case. Contact our Dallas truck accident attorneys today to schedule a free consultation. Contact us today! 972-426-2621