Semi Navigating a TurnCobb County, GA- While not as common as accidents involving passenger vehicles, truck accidents can be dangerous and are frequently deadly, more so than most traffic collisions. Errors made by truck drivers are the most common causes of truck accidents across the country.

A recent study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) showed that truck drivers are more likely at fault for an injurious or fatal truck accident than inclement weather, dangerous road conditions or mechanical failures.

The FMSCA also looked into the reasons driver errors occur such as the use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs, inattention, distracted driving, fatigue and speeding. The FMSCA study found that of all the truck accidents caused by driver error:

  • 44 percent involved truckers who were taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs
  • 23 percent involved drivers who were traveling too fast for conditions, and
  • 18 percent involved fatigued drivers

There are many other error truck drivers make that can cause a serious traffic accident, but we’ll take a closer look at the more common driver errors

Drug Use

All truck drivers are forbidden from taking controlled substances while they are on-duty. Trucking companies are also required to regularly test their drivers for illicit drug use. However drivers are allowed to take certain drugs as long as they are prescribed by a licensed physician and the drugs will not affect their ability to drive.

Even with strict guidelines, there are numerous occasions in which truck drivers cause an accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When you have been injured in a truck accident that involves driver intoxication is important to have a Cobb County truck accident fighting on your side. They will investigate the driver’s history along with the trucking company’s compliance with the federal trucking regulations.

Driver fatigue

Truck drivers work long hours and can spend day after day on the road. Fatigue can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle, be unaware of the changes in traffic flow, be inattentive and over or under-react to a hazardous situation.

Truckers are required to follow strict guidelines called hours-of-service in order to combat fatigued trucking accidents. You can view those guidelines here.

When a driver has violated the hours-of-service, they and their trucking company can be held liable for the injuries which result from a truck accident. A Cobb County truck accident attorney will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine if a driver or company was negligent and violated federal hours-of-service regulations. If this is the case, both parties could be required to compensate you for your injuries.

Speeding

Traveling in excess of posted speed limits is dangerous for any driver. All vehicles are harder to control or stop the faster they are traveling, but when that vehicle is large and weighs in excess of 50,000 lbs., the ensuing damage is much greater. A truck driver who is traveling too fast for conditions is responsible for any injuries they cause.

There are numerous errors truck drivers make, and your truck accident attorney will use their investigative skills to determine if those errors were the cause of your accident. They will work aggressively to assure you receive an injury settlement which completely covers your medical expenses and other accident related costs.