Five Common Causes of Truck Accidents

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The fully loaded semi-trucks which crisscross the St. Louis area weigh more than 80,000 pounds. Furthermore, regulators routinely grant weight waivers which allow much larger and heavier trucks to roam area highways. Even the safest and most modern vehicles and restraint systems cannot possibly absorb that much force.

As a result, when these vehicles cause wrecks, the resulting injuries, such as head injuries and serious burns, are usually catastrophic. These victims need financial compensation to pay medical bills, replace lost wages, and otherwise carry on with life. No matter what caused the accident, our St. Louis truck accident lawyers work hard to obtain this compensation.

Drowsy Drivers

Most shipping companies pay drivers by the load and not by the mile. Since these operators must stay behind the wheel as long as possible, they are often dangerously fatigued. Driving after eighteen consecutive awake hours, which is a long day on the road, is like driving with a .05 BAC level. That’s above the legal limit for commercial operators in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas.

Circadian rhythm fatigue is often an issue as well. Most people are naturally drowsy during specific time periods, like early in the morning and late at night, significantly if they recently changed work shifts. Most truckers are behind the wheel at these times.

Unsafe Lane Changes

Because they sit so high and their trailers are so long, large truck operators have limited visibility. As a result, they often fail to account for approaching cars when they change lanes, significantly if they change lanes suddenly.

Impaired Drivers

Drunk driving usually isn’t a problem among professional truck drivers. Impaired driving is another matter. Alcohol impairment begins with the first sip of alcohol and often lasts for at least an hour after that.

Mechanical Problems

The duty of care requires truck drivers to inspect their trucks before departure and during transit visually. This duty also requires them to stay off the road unless their rigs are in top shape. Many drivers ignore one or both parts of their legal responsibilities in this area.

Excessive Speed

High velocity increases the risk of a wreck and the force in a collision. At 30mph, most large trucks keep moving forward for six vehicle lengths after a driver applies the brakes. At 60mph, they are stopping distance triples to eighteen truck lengths. Environmental, vehicle weight, and other factors could increase stopping distance even further.

As for the force in a collision, Newton’s Second Law of Motion states that speed multiplies the force in a collision between two objects. In other words, a low-speed fender-bender is a severe high-speed injury accident.

Large truck wrecks often cause serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Sikeston, contact Schultz & Myers, Personal Injury Lawyers. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.

FAQs

Why do truckers keep driving when they’re tired?

Truckers have very narrow profit margins. A missed on-time bonus could be the difference between making money and losing money on a particular job.

What evidence does a lawyer use to obtain damages in truck wreck claims?

Electronic evidence, such as an Event Data Recorder and Electronic Logging Device, often provide crucial proof in drowsy truck driver and other injury claims.

What are some injuries in truck wreck claims?

Serious burns and massive head injuries are the most common catastrophic wounds in truck wreck claims.

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