What Are the Common Causes of Trucking Accidents?

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While truck accidents may occur less frequently than standard car accidents on the Toronto roads, they are still reported at an alarming rate. What’s more, the aftermath may be far more devastating than that of standard car accidents.¬†Read on to discover the most common causes of trucking accidents and how a seasoned Toronto truck accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help you recuperate after your involvement in one.

Why are trucks involved in accidents with such frequency?

It undoubtedly takes great skill to operate an 18-wheeler truck. For one, the design of an 18-wheeler truck makes way for several, large blind spots. This means that it is quite difficult for a truck driver to see a standard motor vehicle right in front of or on either side of the trailer.

Also, the design of an 18-wheeler truck makes for an awkward weight distribution. This means that it is rather likely that a truck driver may roll over if they make any sharp turns or otherwise drastic movements.

On a similar note, due to the sheer mass of an 18-wheeler truck, it takes longer to come to a complete stop, while causing a quicker acceleration going downhill. Its sheer mass also makes it all the more catastrophic if a collision were to occur.

Lastly, an 18-wheeler’s significant height, length, and weight means that they are likely prohibited from using certain roads with low clearance overpasses and narrow lanes. Otherwise, ignoring such traffic signs may get truck drivers and other standard motor vehicle drivers into very dangerous situations.

What are the most common causes of trucking accidents in Toronto?

Because of the great dangers that come with operating an 18-wheeler, truck drivers must practice an abundance of caution while on the roads. Unfortunately, truck driver negligence is one of the leading causes of trucking accidents in Toronto. More specific examples read as follows:

  • A truck driver may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when starting their shift and ultimately make poor judgments when behind the wheel.
  • A truck driver may be eating, drinking, texting, or otherwise distracted and ultimately fail to react to external factors that enter the road.
  • A truck driver may be driving too fast given the current road conditions and ultimately collide with someone or something.
  • A truck driver may be drowsy or fatigued when starting their shift and ultimately fall asleep behind the wheel.
  • A truck driver may be tailgating when stuck in traffic congestion and ultimately fail to brake on time.

Even if you are only considering a personal injury claim, you must first consult a competent Toronto auto accident lawyer from Merricks Law Group, P.A. Contact our firm whenever you are ready.

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