Truck accidents are some of the deadliest motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina. While most accidents are caused by human error, poor highway conditions and inclement weather can also lead to accidents. Here’s the most common causes of truck accidents on the highway.
Three common factors in truck accidents
One of the most common causes of truck accidents is human error. Accidents can be caused by drunk driving, distracted driving, fatigue, recklessness and other issues. However, the majority of truck accidents are caused by the driver in the passenger vehicle rather than the truck driver.
Another common cause of accidents is poor truck maintenance. If the driver doesn’t keep up with regular maintenance, the equipment can start to wear down after months of continuous use. Defective parts can also cause equipment failure. Additionally, if the driver doesn’t abide to the legal cargo limits, overloading cargo can cause the load to fall off the truck and cause a hazard on the highway.
Finally, inclement weather can cause accidents on the highway. Slick and icy roads can be difficult to maneuver, and a truck can easily hit another vehicle or slide off the highway. The risk is even higher if the driver hasn’t been trained to drive in bad weather conditions.
Compensation following a truck accident
A truck accident can have enormous consequences for the victim, including injuries, disability, death of loved ones and medical bills. Anyone who suffers injuries in a truck accident might be entitled to compensation. Working with an attorney, the injured party might be able to present a strong case and negotiate for compensation from the trucking company.