You see them nearly everywhere you go. Large commercial trucks have become
a common sight in our world because the demand of product. It’s
a great thing to have when the truck drivers are operating their vehicle
carefully and properly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Large commercial trucks pose a number of risks to highway safety and any
type of accident involving these vehicles can become catastrophic. If
you or someone you love is injured in a truck accident, let our
Nebraska truck accident attorneys at Domina Law Group fight for your right to compensation.
Commercial truck drivers are supposed to operate within strict regulations
regarding how much and how often they can drive. This is to prevent them
from overworking and tiring themselves to the point where their driving
abilities are impaired. Drivers must keep a log regarding their driving
hours to ensure they are within regulations.
Trucking companies have designated employees responsible for loading the
cargo into trucks. They must know the weight regulations as well as the
capabilities of the truck in order to make sure proper cargo is loaded.
When the trailer is overloaded and the weight exceeds limits, it can cause
the truck to lose control of various aspects while driving.
Improperly Loaded Cargo
Cargo should be loaded evenly to avoid one side being heavier than the
other. When one side is heavier, it can cause the truck to tip on turns
or even rollover, causing a significant accident. The cargo loader is
responsible for making sure the items are stored in the trailer correctly
before the truck leaves the business.
A jackknife accident occurs when the truck loses control and the trailer
can push from behind it, forcing the vehicle to face backwards. This is
often caused when the vehicle skids in bad weather conditions or if the
driver brakes improperly, often while speeding.
Much like other vehicles on the road, commercial trucks are susceptible
to mechanical defect. When a manufacturer fails to test their products
for safety, it can cause serious dangers for trucks. This could result
in brakes not working, trouble with an engine, or the trailer hitch not
holding properly. The manufacturer is most often at fault for these situations,
but trucking companies also have a duty to inspect and maintain their
trucks before they leave for delivery.
Commercial truck drivers have strict laws when it comes to drinking and
driving. If they surpass the legal blood alcohol limit and their driving
ability is impaired, they may cause an accident. Any driver who causes
an injury because of drunk driving may face both civil and criminal cases.
CDL License Fraud
Any driver who operates a commercial truck must have a valid CDL. Some
trucking companies may try to get around this law in order to hire someone
who they may pay less, but isn’t properly trained. If a person is
not familiar with operating a commercial truck, it is much more difficult
than passenger vehicles.
Like all drivers on the road, commercial truck drivers are not allowed
to use cell phones or text without a hands-free device. When they do this
and they are distracted from their driving, they may lose track of what
is in front of them and cause an accident.
An overloaded truck that tries to make a tight turn can overturn. Any car
around this truck may be impacted, especially if they are in the next
lane or right behind the truck.
Truck drivers must follow the laws as well as special speed limits posted
specifically for these large vehicles. When they speed or disobey any
traffic laws, they put other drivers at risk of a serious accident.