Colorado drivers know that truck accidents are more dangerous than typical crashes involving passenger vehicles. This is due to the size and weight of these large trucks. Unfortunately, accidents involving large trucks and passenger vehicles often lead to catastrophic injuries and even death.
Driver error is one of the main reasons why trucking accidents occur. Even though trucks are larger and heavier than passenger vehicles, those who operate these large vehicles make mistakes just like every other driver. Truck drivers may drive while they are tired, distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, the majority of accidents that involve large trucks are because of mistakes made by drivers of passenger vehicles.
Large trucks experience a large amount of wear and tear because of the thousands of miles that they travel every month. Poor vehicle maintenance can lead to accidents. Trucking companies and maintenance crews need to maintain their fleets. Truck drivers should review their truck at the beginning of each shift and submit maintenance reports when necessary.
Inclement weather is also to blame for many truck accidents that cause injuries and fatalities. Rain, snow and ice can make it difficult for heavy trucks to come to a stop quickly. Drivers must travel at appropriate speeds at all times but especially when there is bad weather. They also need proper training in order to avoid hydroplaning, jackknifing and skidding.
Improper cargo loading can result in catastrophic accidents. When a person is the victim of a serious accident caused by a large truck, they may want to speak with an attorney. Family members who have lost a loved one as a result of accidents involving 18-wheelers may be able to get information about a wrongful death claim and other steps that would need to be taken in order to determine who was at fault in the accident and hold that person or company responsible in order to get due compensation.