Our Colorado Springs truck accident attorneys discuss the types of negligent behaviors that can give rise to big rig accidents.
Certain Maneuvers Can Lead to Big Rig Accidents
An accident with a big rig truck is like no other. Because of their size, weight, and challenges in maneuverability, large trucks are prone to the following:
• Jackknife accidents: Jackknifing happens when the trailer spins out at an angle from the truck, resulting in the trailer potentially sideswiping other vehicles on the road.
• Under ride accidents: In an under ride accident, cars slide underneath the bed of the truck, often resulting in the car beneath being crushed.
• Rollover accidents: Because of their high centers of gravity, trucks are prone to rolling over in accidents.
Truck accident injuries are often severe for the truck driver and the other vehicles involved, including their drivers and passengers. Often victims sustain catastrophic injuries such as amputation, serious head trauma, spinal cord injuries, and other life-changing injuries.
There are many factors that can contribute to a truck accident. The following are examples of types of factors that contribute to truck accident injuries and could give rise to a claim against a truck driver and/or a trucking company for negligence. Whether and to what extent you have a claim is something to consult with a Colorado Springs truck accident attorney about.
Maneuvering a large 18-wheel type of truck takes skill that comes from knowledge, training, and experience. If the trucker is not well trained, he or she will not know how to drive the truck in poor weather conditions or handle the load of the truck. Truckers with poor training who are allowed out on the roadways are a hazard waiting to happen.
A formula is used in order to determine how much weight trucks can legally carry. When trucks carry more than about 80,000 pounds, truckers may have a difficult time turning or stopping and increase their risk of jackknifing or rolling over.
Examples of aggressive truck driving include speeding, following another vehicle too closely, and abruptly changing lanes. Aggressive driving puts everyone on the roadway in danger. Truck operators may drive aggressively because of a financial incentive to reach a destination more quickly.
Violating Hours of Service Rules
Truck drivers must follow federal laws that stipulate how many hours they can operate a vehicle before resting. When truckers violate these laws in order to reach their destinations more quickly, either because they have been given tight deadlines or additional pay incentives, they are not only breaking the law but are also putting everyone on the road in danger because of fatigue.
Some truck drivers drive after drinking alcohol or use drugs to help them stay awake on the road. Anytime a driver uses a substance that can impair judgment, they are creating a dangerous driving scenario for everyone.
Hours and hours on the road can get lonely and boring. Many truck drivers will try to break up the boredom with texting, eating and drinking while driving, and using their entertainment systems. Distracted driving has been shown to be as dangerous as impaired driving.
If you have been in an accident with a large truck, there is a chance that the truck driver was engaging in a dangerous practice that caused the accident. It may be possible to hold both the truck driver and the trucking company liable for your injuries and damages. A Colorado Springs truck accident attorney can review your case.
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