The weight of an 18 wheeler can be as much as 80,000 pounds, which is about 16 times more than an average automobile, so when a semi-truck is traveling at 60 miles per hour and an accident occurs it is usually a life threatening situation. There are a number of reasons that may cause an 18 wheeler to crash.The following are the most common causes of 18 wheeler accidents.
A common cause of 18 wheeler accidents is due to poorly maintained semi-trucks. When a semi-truck has worn brakes or worn tires, it can cause serious problems for the driver as well as other drivers on the road. One of the most common accidents resulting from poor maintenance is due to brakes failure. When a semi-truck is attempting to navigate a steep decline, without brakes the truck becomes an 80,000 pound weapon and can put hundreds of other people in jeopardy.
The weather can cause serious problems for semi-truck drivers. Bad weather can create low visibility, which can interfere with the driver having enough warning to slow down. Wet and/or icy roads also reduce the chances of stopping in time to avoid other drivers as well as increase the risk of the 18 wheeler sliding over a steep embankment.
Passenger Vehicle Drivers
One of the most common causes of 18 wheeler accidents is the drivers of passenger vehicles. The primary cause of accidents is when a passenger car is in the blind spot of a semi-truck, the semi attempts to change lanes and crashes into the passenger vehicle. Passenger cars that cut lanes in front a semi or attempting to pass a semi on the wrong side are also common causes of passenger error accidents. Other causes for passenger vehicle and semi-truck accidents are due to drinking and driving or when the passenger vehicle drives to close to the truck.
Semi Driver Error
The majority of causes of 18 wheeler accidents are the fault of the semi driver. There are several reasons a truck driver may be at fault in a serious accident, including operating a truck without the proper training, qualifications or license, driving beyond the speed limit in order to meet a deadline, driver fatigue due to driving for long hours without a break, driving a truck that is carrying a weight over the maximum capacity, failure to secure loads and drugs and/or alcohol.
Accidents involving 18 wheelers can be life threatening. If you or a loved one is in an accident that involves an 18 wheeler, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Attorneys who specialize in accidents involving 18 wheelers are knowledgeable in the laws pertaining specifically to these types of accidents and they are experienced in the process of filing a claim for your injuries.
Obtaining the representation of an attorney cannot replace loved ones who lost their life in an accident, nor can filing a claim replace your pain and suffering. However, filing a claim can help with financial difficulties that have occurred as a result of the accident, such as lost wages, medical bills and damage to personal property.