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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

October 10 2019

Large commercial trucks transport goods from New York City to around the country. Without these trucks, economic activity would undeniably decline, and New Yorkers wouldn’t enjoy fresh fruit in winter or wine from California vineyards.

However, these giant trucks also pose a danger to motorists on the road. Called big rigs, tractor-trailers, and 18-wheelers, these trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, often 20 times heavier than a normal passenger sedan.

If you’ve been hit by a truck, you might have a legal claim for compensation. Contact a Brooklyn truck accidents lawyer to review your case.

Leading Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents have many causes. Some of the more common involve driver error, truck defects, or the condition of the road or traffic. Regardless of what is to blame, victims might be able to receive compensation.

Driver Error

Truck drivers can cause accidents when they are negligent or reckless. Some common mistakes that truck drivers make include:

● Driving while distracted

● Texting while driving

● Fatigue

● Driving under the influence of alcohol

● Driving while under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter drugs

● Driving too fast for conditions

● Speeding

When a driver makes a mistake, the driver is to blame for the crash, and the truck driver's employer can be held responsible under the legal concept of "vicarious liability."

Truck Defects

Malfunctioning parts on a truck increase the risks of an accident, such as:

● Brakes that malfunction and fail to stop a truck

● Defective tires that blow out

● Unbalanced cargo, which makes the truck unstable

● Coupling link that malfunctions

Truck defects can cause drivers to lose control or for the truck to roll onto its side. When the coupling fails, a truck can jackknife.

If a defect caused an accident, then injured victims should meet with a Brooklyn truck accident lawyer to analyze whether they have a legal case against the manufacturer. Any business that puts defective products into commerce is vulnerable to being sued when those products harm others, and this legal principle applies to truck manufacturers and the creators of component parts.

Road Conditions

Truck drivers confront dangerous conditions on the road, such as:

● Rain

● Ice

● Snow

● Reckless vehicles that cut off a truck driver

● Sudden stop-and-start traffic

● Defective shoulders

● Lack of guardrails or defective guardrails

It is easy for a driver to collide with a vehicle whenever one of these hazardous road conditions is present. Even the most careful driver might crash if accumulated snow on the road locks up the tires.

If you have been injured, then the condition of the road or traffic might be partially to blame. For example, the government might have had a duty to fix a defective shoulder or put up a guardrail.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Brooklyn Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents are shocking events, and many people see their lives turned upside down after a collision. The attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman have combined 70 years of experience helping accident victims get the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. You can reach us by calling 212-285-3300 or filling out our contact form.