While not as deadly as a jackknife accident or a head-on crash, a rear-end truck collision can cause victims of motor vehicles to suffer catastrophic injuries or even death. The much smaller automobile is no match for an 80,000-pound truck smashing into its rear. If you or a loved one were injured in a rear-end collision caused by a trucker, our experienced truck accident attorneys are here to take the necessary steps to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
What Are the Major Reasons That Semi-Trucks Rear-End Other Vehicles?
Truck drivers must maintain a safe distance from other vehicles in front of them so that they can stop or slow down quickly if the need arises. Semi-trucks take 20 to 40 percent farther to stop when fully loaded—and even longer when roads are wet or icy—than passenger vehicles in the same conditions. Common reasons truckers cause rear-end crashes include:
- Faulty brakes. When brakes are not repaired or replaced when necessary, the result can be a catastrophic rear-end truck crash. Even worse, some trucking companies depower the cab brakes to save on wear and tear and replacement costs—putting profits in front of your safety.
- Intoxication. If the trucker is drunk, he cannot see as well, react as quickly, or accurately judge distances—all which are necessary when trying to avoid a rear-end collision.
- Distracted driving. When a trucker is looking at his GPS, texting, or talking to the trucking company on his cell phone, he is not as aware of the vehicles surrounding him. He may not realize the immediate need to slow down or stop until it is too late.
- Drowsy driving. Driving when fatigued can be as dangerous as drunk driving. The danger of a drowsy trucker causing your rear-end crash is increased due to the long hours the trucker may have driven—maybe in violation of federal hours of service regulations.
- Inadequate lighting. When roads are not poorly lit at night, a rear-end truck wreck is common because the trucker may be unable to see the vehicle in front of him, especially if he is not paying sufficient attention to his driving.
If you or a loved one were injured in a rear-end truck accident, you need the assistance of an experienced truck accident attorney to obtain the medical expenses, wage losses, pain and suffering, and other costs you incurred. Call our office to schedule your free consultation today.