Truck Accident Causes
There are many causes for truck accidents. Truck accidents are not always accidents. Sometimes they happen because the driver or the trucking company took a risk — and somebody else ended up paying for it.
At Ted B. Lyon & Associates, we represent the people who are injured by the negligent acts of others. From our office in Dallas – Fort Worth, we handle truck accident cases throughout Texas. Some of the freeways with the highest rates of truck accidents include I-30 (Tom Landry and R.L. Thornton Freeways), the DFW Connector, I-635 (LBJ Expressway), I-75 (Central Expressway), I-20, I-35 (Stemmons Freeway), Loop 12 (Northwest Highway), the George Bush Turnpike and the Beltline.
How Truck Accidents Happen
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truck driver fatigue — When drivers fail to take rest breaks as required by DOT regulations, their chances of being in an accident greatly increase. Drowsy drivers have slower reaction times and may even fall asleep at the wheel.
- Drug or alcohol use — Some truck drivers use amphetamines or other stimulants to stay alert. Others use depressants such as alcohol under the misguided notion it will keep them awake.
- Overloaded trucks — An overweight truck takes longer to stop and is harder to maneuver than one that is carrying a legal load.
- Other negligence — Faulty maintenance, negligent hiring, defective equipment and other trucking company violations can lead to devastating accidents.
Our trial attorneys work with experts to uncover the cause of an accident and hold the negligent parties accountable. Even if you were partly responsible for the accident, the trucking company may also be liable if it violated safety regulations.
Contact Us To Investigate The Cause Of A Truck Accident
For more information about the causes of truck accidents in Dallas and Fort Worth, call our lawyers at 877-Ted-Lyon / 877-833-5966 or send us an email. We handle all truck accident cases on a contingency fee basis. Home and hospital consultations are available if you are unable to visit our office.