Unfortunately, roads have the potential to be a dangerous place. When people do not drive safely, accidents can happen and cause injuries to many others on the road. Trucks are the largest vehicle on the road and can weigh up to 30 times as much as an average sized passenger car. Because of their weight and size, they are much more difficult to navigate on the road. Truck accidents are some of the most dangerous accidents that can happen, which is it is crucial for truck drivers to be careful and drive safely. If they do not, they can put everyone else on the road at risk and seriously injure other drivers. If you have been injured in a truck accident, an experienced attorney in Newark can help your case.
Types of Accidents
There are many types of truck accidents that can happen on the road. Each outcome of a truck accident can be different from another depending on the size of the vehicle it collided with. Some examples of truck accidents may include:
- Head-on collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Blind spot accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
Causes of Accidents
Accidents on the road can often be due to dangerous driving and poor decisions that are made on the road. Trucks are not exempt from this. There are several ways that trucks may cause an accident. Some factors may include.
- Safety regulations: A truck driver does not follow safety regulations if they change lanes improperly or pass other vehicles on the road unsafely. Drivers may also violate safety regulations if they follow too closely behind other vehicles.
- Reckless driving: Trucks need a length of about two football fields to come to a complete stop. If a truck driver is irresponsible or speeding, it can be more difficult to control the vehicle and bring to a complete stop.
- Poor visibility: Due to their size, trucks have a limited view of their surroundings. They have large blind spots that can trap other vehicles, possibly causing accidents to happen.
- Drowsy driving: Federal law limits truck drivers to a certain amount of driving hours. Truck drivers are allowed to work 11 hours within a 14-hour work day, giving them a maximum of 70 hours of driving a week. If they break this law, they may cause an accident due to tired driving.
- Mechanical problems: Trucks sometimes fall victim to mechanical issues. Certain issues can cause accidents. This may include tire blowouts, brake issues, breakdowns, and more.
In order to hold another party responsible for an injury in an accident, you must prove them to be. To do this, you to provide evidence that the accident happened and any injuries sustained as a result were due to their neglect. Many trucks contain a “black box” that records a truck’s information, such as the speed it was going before the accident happened. It is important that this information is secured by the truck company or an insurance company after the accident so that it cannot be deleted.
Contact our Firm
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a truck accident and seek legal representation, contact Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C. today.
MW&M is comprised of an experienced team of attorneys focusing on legal matters of personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, product liability, and wrongful death in Delaware. If you require an effective attorney to guide you through these difficult legal matters, contact MW&M today to schedule a free case evaluation.