Charlotte, NC- Truck accidents—and car accidents, for that matter—can have any number of causes. In a large number of instances, a passenger vehicle motorist is the liable party, but truck drivers and trucking companies are not immune from making mistakes on or off the road that could cost a person their safety or their life. Here we discuss three of the most common causes of truck accidents in North Carolina and the country as a whole.

Fatigue

Fatigued driving is an issue for all motorists, whether they are on command of a commercial vehicle or a car, and can be just as risky as driving drunk. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, approximately 13 percent of truck accidents are caused by truck drivers who are drowsy or fatigued.

Fatigued drivers are often unaware of their tiredness or exhaustion so they don’t take steps to protect themselves or the other motorists they are sharing the road with. It’s very easy for a fatigued truck driver to nod off at the wheel and lose control of their vehicle and cause a tragic accident. This is especially true at highway speeds.

Mechanical Issues

In their Fatal Causation Study of 2003 (the latest date the study was conducted), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 55 percent of trucks involved in fatal or injurious traffic had at least one mechanical issue. At least 30 percent had at least one mechanical problem that should have taken the truck out-of-service.

The most common mechanical issues detected in major truck accidents are brake failure and tire blowouts. Failing brakes coupled with fatigue, speeding or following too closely is a potentially deadly accident in the making. Even the most skilled truck driver with years of road experience will have difficulties preventing an accident if their tire blows out or a truck’s brakes fail.

Speeding

In the same Fatal Causation Study, the NHTSA also found that 1 in 4 fatal truck accidents in the study period were caused by truck drivers who were speeding. The NHTSA estimates that it takes a tractor-trailers traveling 60 mph at least 250 feet to come to a complete stop. Commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. which makes the impact of a speeding truck very deadly. This is especially true with poor road conditions, heavy traffic, inclement weather or inclement weather.

If you are a truck driver or motorist and were injured in a truck accident, USAttorneys recommends you the advice of an attorney before you speak to anyone about your case. Talking to an insurance company or accepting a settlement before you get legal advice could put your truck accident claim in danger and keep you from getting

If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, we recommend you contact the law offices of Crumley Roberts to assist you with your truck accident claim. Mr. Roberts and his team of truck accident lawyers serving North and South Carolina have been advocating for the injured for over two decades.  You can rely on the Crumley Roberts legal team to be devoted to your case from beginning to end and tenaciously work to secure the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.