Many Americans do a lot of their holiday shopping online or through the mail. As a result, local San Antonio roads often become clogged with the many trucks carrying packages. The holidays often mean you’ll be on the road quite frequently, which increases your chances of becoming involved in a truck accident.
Common Ways Trucks Cause Accidents
Although passenger vehicles are certainly a cause of truck accidents, truck drivers aren’t always innocent. In fact, truck drivers are responsible for many of the accidents that take place every year. The reasons for the crashes, however, may not be what you think. The following are a few examples:
- Truck drivers are fatigued. Although new hours of service laws have improved the amount of sleep truck drivers receive while on the road, not everyone abides by these rules. As a result, drivers can fall asleep behind the wheel or perform other fatigue-related mistakes.
- Truckers are encouraged to drive dangerously. Trucking companies often give their drivers unreasonable schedules. Along with overworking the truckers, many companies also expect their drivers to make it to their destinations in unsafe amounts of time. As a result, drivers travel at dangerous speeds in order to meet strict deadlines.
- Trucking standards are often lax. Blame sneaky drivers or lazy trucking companies; whatever the cause, some accidents are the result of not following safety standards. Additionally, undertrained drivers often get behind the wheel and cause serious crashes due to inexperience.
Holiday Trucking Accidents Often Cause Severe Injuries
If a truck accident left you injured, you may wonder how you’re going to pay for your medical bills and vehicle repairs. As the victim, you are likely entitled to receive compensation. The attorneys at Wayne Wright LLP may be able to help. We invite you to schedule an appointment to speak to a legal professional about your case by calling 800-237-3334.