Truck Driver Error
At Liggett Law Group, our Lubbock, Texas trucking accident attorneys have more than 25 years of experience assisting injury victims. Accidents involving semi trucks are often tragic for those in smaller passenger vehicles, with long-term physical, emotional, and financial effects.
Truck accident victims have a right to seek compensation from the parties responsible for the accident, but it can be a complex process. That’s where Liggett Law Group comes in. We strive to offer the integrity, advocacy, and results that accident victims deserve.
Mistakes Truckers Make That Lead To Accidents
In our experience, one of the primary causes of 18-wheeler accidents is truck driver error. Driver negligence can come in many forms, the most common of which include:
- Driving aggressively
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Failing to signal when turning or making lane changes
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while distracted (including talking or texting on a cell phone)
- Failing to adhere to traffic laws
- Braking suddenly
- Failing to secure loads properly
- Failing to attach trailer properly
- Overloading truck
- Failing to keep truck maintained
Common Reasons for Trucker Negligence
Truckers are often paid based on how many loads they deliver. Completing routes faster means more money, which can be an incentive to speed and engage in other aggressive driving measures.
Addiction to controlled substances is another common issue for truckers. Overloading on caffeine, drinking while driving, and the use of other prescription, over-the-counter, and illegal drugs can help a driver work longer and faster, or just break up the boredom and loneliness of the road. Substance abuse can slow a driver’s reaction time, diminish reflexes, and alter perception while driving.
Fatigue can have similar effects when behind the wheel. While regulations set guidelines for the amount of time drivers can operate a big rig, it’s not uncommon for companies to encourage drivers to push these limits to maximize profits, or for the drivers themselves to do so in order to increase their pay.
Driving a truck requires more training and experience than a regular passenger car. Without the proper instruction in operating an 18-wheeler, as well as the knowledge of the rules and regulations for their operation, truckers are more likely to make errors.
Determining Liability in Lubbock Trucking Accidents
When driver negligence is the cause of Lubbock trucking accidents, Liggett Law Group can help you determine which parties may be held liable. In addition to the driver, the company that employed or hired him or her may also be held legally responsible depending on the circumstances and contributing factors in the accident.
If you or a loved one was hurt in an 18-wheeler accident in West Texas, contact us online or call our toll free number, (855) 955-HURT (4878), to schedule a free consultation with a Lubbock trucking accident lawyer.