Truck Accident FAQ

What's the leading cause of truck accidents?

According to studies conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the top causes of truck accidents include:

  • Brake problems
  • Driver who is traveling too fast for the conditions
  • Driver is unfamiliar with the roadway
  • Problems with the road itself
  • Over-the-counter drug use by the truck driver
  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Driver makes an illegal maneuver

When do most fatal crashes occur?

According to statistics from the Virginia Highway Safety Office, the number of fatal accidents by day of the week are:

  • Saturday (most)
  • Sunday
  • Friday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Monday
  • Thursday (least)

The largest number of fatal crashes in a given week occurs between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Where is a truck's "no zone" or "blind spot"?
Motorists typically think of a truck's blind spot as being to the left of the truck. Actually, trucks have blind spots on all four sides: left, right, front and back, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

How is a personal injury lawsuit arising from a truck accident claim different from a car accident claim?

Truck accident claims require additional considerations beyond those in car accident claims. For example, a claim against a truck driver may implicate the driver's employer. We recommend coordinating with the police at the scene of the accident to find out who owns the truck. This information may be obtained while exchanging insurance information with the driver.

Commercial truck drivers are also subject to certain federal safety regulations. This may result in more complex legal allegations. There may also be claims available against third parties such as the manufacturer.

Finally, truck accident claims often involve additional evidence such as drivers' logs, training records and/or other sources.

What proactive steps can I take to protect my legal rights?

The police or other first responders at the scene may assist in identifying potential witnesses to the accident. If possible, take pictures of the site with your phone. The police may ask you for your insurance information and some accident details. However, do not offer an opinion on the issue of fault; limit your conversations with the other driver and any third parties to only your basic personal and insurance information.

The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner you will be on the path to protecting your legal rights.

What are the common causes of truck accidents?

After a truck accident, it is important to contact an attorney who understands how to investigate all potentially liable parties. The cause of the crash may be attributable to parties other than, or in addition to, the truck driver. For example, improper loading of cargo or maintenance of the truck may have contributed to the accident. An attorney will fight so that the responsible parties are held accountable.

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