An 18 wheeler accident can have devastating consequences. The size of an 18 wheeler truck in comparison to that of a passenger vehicle increases the risks of those in a passenger vehicle becoming seriously injured in the event of a collision.
Large trucks and get into accidents via:
- Overloading of the trucks,
- Oversized trucks on small roads,
- Failure to yield when changing lanes,
- Poorly maintained truck brakes
- Truck drivers driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Truck driver being fatigued and sleepy
In many seriously negligent cases, truck companies are often at fault (though not always, accidents do happen). Federal regulations have been put into place to ensure that drivers are not on the road for excessive amounts of time, or driving under hazardous conditions; however some companies fail to follow outlined rules and their management style can translate into more accidents.
This leads to some drivers feeling forced to abide by tight deadlines, while feeling ill, fatigued, or sleep deprived. Attempting to perform their driving duties under these circumstances can lead to a lack of focus while on the road and sadly, accidents. These types of accidents are also sometimes caused by a company’s failure to maintain vehicles in proper working order, and not scheduling routine maintenance and servicing of trucks before allowing them out on the road.
Several types of 18 Wheeler trucks are known to be more accident prone they include and are not limited to:
- Mack Truck
- Flatbed Truck
- Cement Truck
- Garbage Truck
- Heavy Truck
- Tanker Truck
- Tractor Trailer
- Big Rig
- Dump Truck
- Large moving trucks
- Food supply trucks
Because trucks often travel over many states, it is important to know how to deal with trucking companies and their respective insurance agencies. The law firm of Timothy J. Ryan and Associates can assist you if you have been the victim of a truck accident in California and surrounding states.