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Common Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Studies conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicate that nearly two-third of all trucking accidents are the result of distracted driving on the part of the truck driver. While CMV drivers face the same types of distractions as other motorists, such as cellphones, texting, or changing car stereo and GPS settings, there are things that take their attention away from the task of driving that are unique to their profession. Some of the common distractions truck drivers face include:
- Shifting cargo and other noises from inside or outside the truck
- Communications with dispatchers
- Reading printed maps and shipping instructions
- Eating or drinking behind the wheel rather than stopping for breaks in order to stay on track with schedules
Factors that contribute to trucking accidents include demanding schedules, lack of proper vehicle maintenance, and improper loads, as well as reckless behaviors on the part of the truck driver.
Understanding Trucking Accident-Related Legal Issues
Trucking accidents are distinguished from regular car accidents in that they involve large trailers, typically weighing over 10,000 pounds. In the United States, almost 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year, with 5,000 resulting in death. Trucking collisions are responsible for one out of every eight traffic fatalities each year.
In South Carolina, automobile drivers share the road with truck drivers transporting wares of their employers across the United States. These truck drivers who drive all day often become tired and even fall asleep at the wheel, causing catastrophic accidents that affect innocent bystanders. Though all automobile accidents can have potentially catastrophic effects, the dangers become even greater when large transport trucks are involved. Keep in mind that the attorneys at Anastopoulo Law Firm are here today to help you in the aftermath of a wreck.
If you have been a victim of a trucking accident, there are a variety of entities who can be held liable for your injuries or may otherwise be required to remit compensation and damages for your injuries. The driver of the truck may be held personally liable for the accident, especially if the accident was caused by the negligent acts of the truck driver. If this driver was the employee of another when the trucking accident occurred, the business employing the truck driver may also be held liable. If you have insurance coverage at the time of your trucking accident, you should be able to submit an insurance claim in order to have your medical bills paid and receive compensation for damages to your vehicle.
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Accidents involving commercial trucks can be quite serious and result in devastating injuries and even death. Please contact the South Carolina trucking accident attorneys at Anastopoulo Law Firm if you or your loved one has been injured in a truck accident.
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