Truck accidents can be caused in a number of ways, but there are five that stand out for their frequency. Passenger vehicle drivers in Texas may want to keep in mind that the leading cause, driver error, is usually contributed more to them than to truckers. Errors can include drunk, drowsy and distracted driving as well as speeding and following too closely to other vehicles.
The second cause is also something that could implicate both truckers and passenger vehicle drivers: poor vehicle maintenance. Truckers, however, must follow stricter rules regarding the inspection and maintenance of their rig. As they travel thousands of miles a day, 18-wheelers are naturally going to wear down sooner.
Third, many truck collisions are the result of a defective part unknown to the trucker. It could be a manufacturing defect, or the part itself may have had an inherent flaw in its design. Whatever the case, parts manufacturers and even the company that sells the truck or installs the part can be held liable.
Bad weather is linked to many a truck wreck. Inexperienced truckers may hydroplane, skid or jackknife on wet or icy roads. Lastly, cargo loaders are responsible for many truck tip-overs and many incidents where cargo spills out onto the road. There are industry-specific rules concerning cargo loading that must be followed.
The majority of truck crashes involving passenger vehicle drivers are not the fault of the trucker, but when it’s the other way around, victims may have the ability to file a claim against the trucking company or other responsible party. If a lawyer were to assist with the case, their chances of building up a strong case and achieving a reasonable settlement may go up. If negotiations fail to achieve the right amount, victims may litigate.