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Causes of Colorado Springs Truck Accidents

by | Dec 27, 2021 | Trucking Accidents

What Causes Truck Accidents Colorado Springs?

The trucking business is in charge of transporting the items we want and desire throughout the nation. Colorado and Colorado, being leaders in the oil and gas sector, rely heavily on trucks to carry their goods and agricultural products from both states. It would be best if you didn’t have to worry about irresponsible and negligent truckers hauling dangerous goods while you’re driving.

Victims and their families experience a great deal of physical, emotional, and financial hardship resulting from truck accidents. To make matters worse, most truck drivers avoid dealing with the aftermath of an accident because their big rigs shield them from injury and death; and, trucking companies are only concerned with their bottom line, so they continue to push their drivers hard without regard for the safety of others on the road.

Suppose you have been injured in a truck accident due to irresponsible trucking corporations or reckless truck drivers. In that case, you will need an expert attorney to hold those responsible accountable. A knowledgeable attorney can assist you in seeking compensation for losses such as medical costs, lost earnings due to time off work due to your injury, physical discomfort, and emotional agony you’ve had as a result of a truck accident.

We’ve included some helpful information regarding the causes of truck accidents below. If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, these descriptions can help you comprehend what happened. You may also learn how to avoid causing a truck collision and, more crucially, how to avoid truck drivers who are irresponsible or negligent.

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Negligent Truck Drivers cause truck Accidents!

Truckers are held to a higher standard than other motorists under the law, as they should be. They are obliged to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rules and regulations (FMCSA).

Despite the rules and regulations in place, many truckers continue to make poor decisions behind the wheel, resulting in severe and fatal repercussions for others who share the road with them. Truck accidents are caused by a variety of careless conduct and legal breaches, according to the FMSCA. They are as follows:

Driving While Distracted

According to federal law, truckers are not allowed to use their phones unless they have a hands-free function. They endanger others on the road when they choose to disregard the law. However, cell phones aren’t the only source of distraction that may result in a truck collision.

Personal hygiene, changing their radio or C.B., programming a GPS, eating, drinking, grabbing for something on the floor, observing another event outside the car, and daydreaming is all examples of distracting habits. Any activity that takes a trucker’s hands off the wheel, eyes off the road, or thoughts off the road may be considered a driving distraction, resulting in a severe or deadly truck accident.

Speeding

According to the FMSCA, roughly one-third of fatal truck accidents are caused by speed. Even though truck drivers are aware that they must keep their hands on the wheel, drive cautiously, and not speed to retain control of their car, some continue to make bad decisions. Truckers lose control when they exceed the legal speed limit or drive too quickly for the circumstances, particularly if they need to make a rapid move if one of their 18-wheelers bursts a tire. Many trucks feature speed limiters to keep them from going too fast. According to the FMSCA, most tractor-trailer collisions happen between 50 and 55 miles per hour. This shows that the riskiest drivers who cause truck accidents are those who drive too quickly in bad weather, on bad roads, or in high traffic.

Tailgating

Because of their long hours and rigorous schedules, truck drivers often hurry. This may lead to speeding, but it can also lead to their following too closely behind the car in front of them. Big semis need more space and time to respond effectively to unexpected stops, curves, and other dangers.

Drivers that tailgate risk causing a rear-end accident. It’s never simply a tiny bump and scrapes when a massive truck rear-ends a smaller car. When a car collides with the back of a car, drivers and passengers, particularly those in the backseat, are at grave risk of severe injury or death.

When moving at 55 miles per hour, the FMSCA estimates that a heavy truck requires up to 400 feet of stopping space, compared to roughly 140 feet for passenger cars. To prevent a rear-end accident, they must allow a four to the five-second distance between the truck and the car in front of them, and truckers must increase the spacing in lousy weather.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

The risks of driving while inebriated are promoted through television, radio, podcasts, movies, and the news, among other places. Especially for truckers who are professional drivers, there is no excuse for drinking and driving or using illegal drugs and driving. Despite this, the FMSCA still mandates trucking firms to conduct random drug and alcohol tests on their drivers, which they often fail to do.

Controlling a vast rig already requires particular abilities and physical dexterity; adding alcohol or drugs to the mix makes for a dangerous and often lethal combination.

Controlled drugs slow down a truck driver’s reaction time, making it more difficult for them to respond appropriately to traffic signals, other cars, and road dangers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates the overwhelming majority of truck drivers in the United States to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), including specific endorsements. Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) certification is required for truckers moving oil and gas out of Colorado and Colorado.

In any event, CDL holders are not allowed to fail a drug test or have a breath alcohol level of more than 0.04. Those who fail these examinations risk losing their license, employment, and CDL.

These repercussions aren’t nearly as awful as the suffering, anguish, and financial hardships you’ll experience if you’re in a truck accident caused by a drunk driver.

Driving While Drowsy

Drivers of trucks have demanding schedules and long hours, and many of them must travel at night. It’s logical that they’d get tired, if not exhausted, after working many days in succession.

Drivers who don’t take necessary breaks or listen to their bodies and stop when they’re fatigued, on the other hand, risk falling asleep behind the wheel and causing severe truck accidents.

Tired drivers do not even need to fall asleep to generate an accident. According to the FMCSA, a person who has been awake for 18 hours has the same degree of impairment as someone who has a 0.08 breath alcohol level.

Simply being tired or sleepy might lead a motorist to lose control of his car or make wrong judgments about space and time.

Trucking businesses are required by federal law to follow Hours of Service (HOS) standards, which specify how long a driver may be on duty and behind the wheel each day and week. Drivers who disobey these guidelines voluntarily or because their employer compels them to put others in danger of serious, potentially deadly accidents.

Truck drivers may drive 11 hours per day if they have had 10 hours off the preceding day, according to HOS standards.

Truck drivers must take a 30-minute break after eight hours of driving.

Drivers cannot be on duty for more than 14 hours a day, whether stopped or moving.

Drivers are not allowed to work more than 60 hours in seven days or 70 hours in eight days.

Clearing Blind Spots Isn’t Enough.

Blind spots exist in cars, and massive trucks have much larger blind areas. Most large rigs are about 75 feet long, with blind spots that reach 30 feet in front of the cab, 20 feet behind the trailer, and practically the entire length of the trailer on both sides. Due to the lack of rearview mirrors, truck drivers must depend on side mirrors and those placed on the cab.

When truckers in a hurry, distracted, tired, or drunk fail to check their mirrors and clear their blind areas before turning or changing lanes, they risk causing a fatal accident.

Violations of Traffic Laws

Some truckers believe that since they are the most significant cars on the road, they do not need to follow traffic laws or look for other cars. Truck drivers sometimes infringe additional traffic regulations, which may result in severe or deadly accidents, in addition to mobile phone usage, drunk driving, and speeding. Failure to yield to other drivers who have the right of way is one.

Disobedience to traffic signals such as stoplights, stop signs, and other traffic signals

Making a wrong turn without considering that semis must swing wide.

Negligent Trucking Companies cause truck Accidents!

Trucking businesses are required by federal law to check and maintain their cars regularly to ensure that they are safe to drive on the road or “roadworthy.”

Companies that employ incompetent mechanics do not adequately train them, do not conduct inspections, or fail to remedy recognized flaws in a timely way enable dangerous trucks to be on the road.

These death traps on wheels may break down at any time, resulting in an accident if the driver loses control of the car. The following are some circumstances in which irresponsible trucking businesses who do not maintain their cars may cause an accident:

Failure to rotate tires, maintain adequate air pressure, and replace worn-out tires

Failure to change brake pads, rotors, or fluid

Failure to maintain air brake systems

Failure to repair burned-out headlights, taillights, and turn signals

Trucking businesses also engage staff to properly load goods, ensuring that it conforms with the truck’s weight and balance regulations and any legislation. Employees must also ensure that goods are securely secured so that they do not spill all over the road.

When irresponsible truck companies use incompetent drivers or fail to educate them properly, the consequence may be a dangerous and perhaps tragic multi-car accident if part or all of the cargo spills. Aside from the truck driver losing control, other cars may not have enough time to avoid colliding, resulting in a disastrous chain reaction.

If you want further information, contact a truck accident lawyer right away.

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You want someone who has received MILLIONS of dollars in damages for truck accident victims and their families to back up what they claim. This does not guarantee a favorable outcome in your case, but it does ensure that you are in the best possible hands.

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