Automobile accidents are an unfortunate reality for anyone that operates a vehicle, but can be an even more dangerous kind of incident for those that drive commercial trucks and vans. These vehicles are larger than most and therefore accidents involving them can be more damaging for drivers and passengers involved in them. Knowing what the most common causes are for commercial vehicle accidents can help them be prevented in the future.
One of the most common culprits for truck driving accidents is drowsy driving. When traveling for long hours on the open road, it is natural to grow tired and this can lead to driving mistakes and accidents. Although there are laws regulating when drivers can and should rest, accidents that are caused by drowsy driving still happen. Even if the accident is not a direct result of being drowsy, running on low sleep can lead to impaired judgment and slower reflexes that may otherwise allow the driver to avoid an accident.
Secondly, distracted driving is a problem for all drivers, not just those operating commercial vehicles. There is no reason to be looking down at a phone, music player, or radio and allow this to cause an accident. Commercial drivers can be just as guilty of this or can be involved in accidents caused by another driver that is distracted.
Finally, there are other less common but still relevant reasons that cause commercial vehicle accidents. Poorly trained truck drivers, vehicle malfunctions, road construction, or bad weather conditions can all play a role in causing vehicle accidents of all kinds. Sometimes these are unavoidable and sometimes it is the fault of a company or manufacturer that leads to these incidents.
No matter how an automobile accident is caused, if you are injured in one, there may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit if the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver. When going down this route, we at the Franco Law Firm are here to assist and see that you get the compensation that you deserve. To learn more about the services we offer and to schedule a free consultation with us today, please call us at (813) 872-0929.