Common Causes Of Truck Accidents

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A collision with a large truck can be much more complicated than an accident involving only passenger cars. There are many additional factors to be considered, and many more federal laws that apply to the operation of an interstate commercial vehicle. That’s why it’s so valuable to work with a law firm that has extensive experience handling truck accident cases resulting in injury.

The Duncan Firm works with investigators and expert accident reconstructionists to gain a better understanding of how the truck accident occurred and who may have been at fault. Investigation is essential to proving that an accident was caused by negligence or reckless behavior.

Common Causes Of Large Truck Crashes

Large trucks such as tankers, tractor trailers, semis or 18-wheelers are considerably bigger than the passenger vehicles with which they share the road. On major highways and at higher speeds, even small driving errors that may occur can result in catastrophe when a large truck is involved. Some common errors for large trucks that cause accidents are:

Equipment Failure

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  • Air brake failure
  • Tire blowouts
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Failure to perform a pre-trip secondary safety measure or to act on signs of trouble

Driving Errors by Truck Drivers

  • Inadequate training and experience with handling large trucks in different situations
  • Driver fatigue, often due to hours of service violations
  • Failure to follow safety guidelines
  • Failure to properly load the truck or secure cargo
  • Overloading
  • Using alcohol or drugs while driving

If you have been injured in a truck accident and need help holding all liable parties accountable, please call 877-638-6226 or complete the form on this page to contact Duncan Firm using our website. Our experienced attorneys serve clients throughout Little Rock and other areas of Arkansas.

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