Among the most serious auto accidents that occur involve those between ordinary passenger vehicles and commercial trucks (tractor trailers). The size and weight disparity between vehicles means that even a relatively minor accident can result in serious personal injury. If you have been injured in an accident in Rhode Island or Massachusetts involving a tractor trailer or other commercial truck, it is imperative that you contact a truck accident attorney who understands the unique insurance and liability issues surrounding Truck Accidents.
Commercial truck drivers are well trained and require a special license in order to drive tractor trailers. Nevertheless, pressure to deliver products quickly and on-time often encourages truck drivers to take unnecessary and dangerous risks. For instance, a truck driver may use drugs ("uppers") or other artificial means to stay awake. They may sacrifice sleep in an effort to meet a deadline. This is in direct conflict with Federal law which limits the amount of hours that a commercial truck driver can be on the road per day.
Other common causes of Truck Accidents stem from the way in which the truck was loaded:
- Driving with an unsecured load
- Driving with a load that exceeds weight specifications
- Improperly loaded trucks - an improperly loaded truck may inadequately distribute the weight in the truck bed making it even more difficult for the truck to stop quickly and maneuver
Of course, many truck accidents occur for the same reason that ordinary auto accidents occur, namely, driver inattention and error. Despite all the professional training, commercial truck drivers are human and can make mistakes as well. Such errors might include: speeding, improper lane changes, following too closely, etc.