Trucking Accident Attorney
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are more than 130,000 trucking accidents each and every year and more than 5,000 of them are fatal. When an 80,000-pound tractor trailer hits a small 3,000-pound passenger vehicle, the results are usually catastrophic. Due to the sheer size and weight, passenger car occupants are usually injured quite severely in a trucking accident. The causes of trucking accidents vary greatly from poor weather conditions to improper road design. As such, it is important to have an experienced Boulder trucking accident attorney on your side to investigate all angles of your accident and clearly establish liability.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Trucking accidents are never quite cut and dry. While at first glance it may seem like the truck driver is to blame for the accident, in many cases, multiple parties share responsibility. This includes the truck driver, the trucking company, the maintenance company, the shipping company, and even the trucking manufacturer. Some of the most common cause of trucking accidents include:
- Driver fatigue – this is one of the most frequent causes of trucking accidents. Truck drivers may be pressured by trucking companies to drive over the FMCSA regulated number of hours. Trucking companies routinely do this so that they can deliver their goods early and turn higher profits. The FMCSA specifically states that a truck driver can drive a maximum 11 driving hours after getting 10 consecutive hours off duty. This ensures that drivers get the required amount of sleep. When they don’t, deadly trucking accidents can occur.
- Inadequate truck maintenance – trucking companies have a responsibility to maintain their trucks to ensure their safety. This means regularly changing the tires, brakes, and lighting. They must keep detailed documentation of this maintenance and can be held liable if faulty equipment led to a collision. In general, the most common equipment malfunctions that occur in trucking accidents are worn tires and faulty brakes.
- Inclement Weather – while no one can control the weather, there are precautions truck drivers can take when driving in snow, ice, or heavy rain. Good all-weather tires help, as do new brakes. In addition, truck drivers should be driving at or below the speed limit and not following too closely behind other vehicles. Failure to drive safely during poor weather can have disastrous effects.
- Distracted Driving – truck drivers have a responsibility not to drive distracted. This means not using cellphones, texting while driving, or eating and drinking. When they drive distracted, they can cause serious and horrific trucking accidents.
- Unsafe Driving Practices – truck drivers should always drive safely. When they don’t, deadly accidents can occur. Truck drivers should avoid:
- Failing to check blind spots
- Not using turn signals
- Changing lanes aggressively
- Driving under the influence
- Road rage
Contact Our Trucking Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident in Boulder, or anywhere in the state of Colorado, you need an aggressive and experienced law firm on your side. Boulder trucking accident lawyer Debbie Taussig has the experience and resources necessary to tackle large and complex trucking accident cases. Call today for a free consultation and review of your case. Call 303.442.0176 or fill out our confidential contact form.