Truck accidents are more common than you’d think. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 333,000 large truck wrecks in 2012 alone. And sadly, these types of wrecks often lead to serious injury or even death. In fact, a shocking 3,900 people were killed in large truck wrecks and another 104,000 were injured that same year.
As a San Antonio truck accident attorney, I see many cases in which people experience property damage, injuries, or even loss of a loved one due to a truck driver’s error. But the exact errors that cause these wrecks can vary greatly.
Like traditional car wrecks, driver drowsiness is often a problem. As a result of their long work hours, truck drivers often operate their vehicles on very little rest, sometimes even falling asleep at the wheel. Some other common causes of truck accidents include:
- Unsafe driving by the victim – When large trucks are on the road, nearby drivers need to be careful. Truck drivers have lower visibility and a very large turn radius. If you get caught between a truck and a median or you sit in the driver’s blind spot, it could lead to a wreck.
- Speeding – Speeding is fairly common with all drivers—truck drivers included. Unfortunately, a speeding truck is much more difficult to stop (and it takes longer) than a traditional vehicle. This can make collisions more common and more dangerous.
- Sharp turns – Because trucks are so long, it can be very hard for drivers to make sharp turns. Often if a turn is taken too fast, it can cause the truck to roll over, thus colliding with any other vehicles or pedestrians in the area.
- Distracted driving – Eating, drinking, playing with the radio—these are all things that can take a driver’s eyes off the road. When this happens, it can be easy to lose control of the truck, veer off the road, and injure others in the area.
If you were hurt in a truck accident, we can help. Contact a San Antonio truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney today.