Common Causes of Truck Wrecks, Accidents and Injuries

There are a variety of factors that we have seen cause truck wrecks and injury accidents involving over the road trucks across Idaho.  As experienced Idaho trucking attorneys we understand how to evaluate those causes.

In some cases, the driver did not receive proper training, the trucks weight and size may failed to meet regulations, or there is equipment  that was not properly maintained.  We have seen companies impose tight deadlines, which caused a driver to speed and forego making stops to rest, creating dangerous conditions for themselves and other vehicles on the road. In some instances, an accident is simply due to recklessness on the part of the driver. Speeding, taking drugs or alcohol, and disregarding weather and road conditions are all things we have seen result in serious accidents.

Among the causes we have seen are those attributable to a negligent truck driver, a negligent trucking company but also others involved in commercial trucking industry like brokers.

Basic Causes Of Truck Wrecks

Particularly with drivers and companies there are certain things we see with some frequency that lead to big rig collisions and wrecks like:

  • Driver fatigue due to long hours
  • Speeding and reckless driving
  • Faulty driver hiring practices and inadequate training
  • Speeding due to strict imposition of delivery deadlines
  • Distracted Driving (phones, or other in-cab distractions)
  • Jackknifing due to poor driving, bad braking or careless turns
  • Operation of a commercial vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Other Substance abuse (even prescription medication can cause problems)


Other Causes of Truck Wrecks

Our law firm also works hard to pinpoint whether there are other causes of the truck wreck that injured you like:

  • Runaway rigs and breakaway trailers due to inadequate maintenance of brakes and hitches
  • Violations of federal trucking safety laws and state regulations governing overloads, inadequate reflectors and faulty headlights
  • Log-keeping offenses such as willful forgery of records to obscure violations
  • Loads that restrict trucker visibility
  • Poorly maintained or malfunctioning vehicles or vehicle parts in need of repair or replacement
  • Shifting loads, and spilled loads and debris due to inadequate tie downs and load securing
  • Improper or incomplete inspections and maintenance
  • Improper loads or loading
  • Jackknifing due to poor driving, bad braking or careless turns
  • Highway hypnosis (i.e. zoning out)

And there can be problems with equipment that can lead to product liability truck claims against the truck manufacturer for design or manufacturing defects and incomplete or improper repair

The whole situation of what occurred has to be evaluated.  For example. in some instances a government entity may be liable for improper road design, maintenance, construction or failure to meet proper warning standards.

Get the cause of your truck wreck claim evaluated promptly.  Contact us via our online form or call (208) 328-6998.

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