When a big rig is involved in a crash, there can be many contributing factors. Another driver may have pulled out in front of it, the trucking company may have overloaded the truck, the truck owner may have failed to perform routine maintenance, or the road conditions may have been dangerous.
And while those are all common factors of truck accidents, driver error remains one of the leading causes of tractor trailer crashes. Driving a truck that’s 50-feet in length and weighs up to 80,000 pounds requires concentration, focus, and intensive training. In addition to those requirements, truck drivers are also under pressure to make their deliveries on time.
Unfortunately, some truck drivers engage in dangerous driving behaviors to meet industry demands. Many truck accidents are caused by the following two industry violations:
- Driving while fatigued – Truck drivers are limited in the number of hours they can drive per week or without taking a day off or stopping to rest. If they exceed those limitations, they can put themselves and others at risk.
- Driving while impaired – Truck drivers also may use intoxicating substances, including alcohol, drugs, and some prescription medications while they’re behind the wheel. Those substances can impair their driving abilities, making them more prone to causing crashes.
When a Virginia truck accident lawyer helps people who were hurt in tractor trailer crashes, they gather evidence that helps prove the truck driver, company, or owner was at fault. Then, they do everything they can to help the client get compensation.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a truck accident, don’t wait another minute to get the legal representation you deserve. Call Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.