Common Causes Of Trucking Accidents

At West Coast United Law in San Diego, we have handled a number of truck accident claims for clients throughout California. We wanted to take a few moments to discuss some of the common causes of those accidents. We invite you to reach out to us directly to learn more about what our attorneys can do to help you recover compensation for your injuries.

Driver Fatigue

The amount of hours that a truck driver may be on the road each day and each week is heavily regulated. Despite these restrictions, companies still place extreme pressure on their drivers to meet tight deadlines. In some cases, this may cause drivers to be on the road in excess of their hours limits. Many accidents are caused by truckers who have exceeded the amount of time they are allowed to be driving.

Cellphone Use

As you might expect, cellphone use and other driver distractions are significant factors in truck accidents. Drivers are away from home most of the time and may spend a lot of time on the phone with their loved ones. Something as simple as sending a text message can take a person's eyes off of the road for enough time to travel the length of a football field. There are extremely high penalties in place for truckers caught using a cellphone while driving, but drivers still do it anyway.


Because of the pressure that truckers are under, some of them may take stimulants to help stay awake while driving. Additionally, some may be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, just like the drivers of passenger vehicles. The problem becomes much more serious with drivers of large vehicles, however, because of the serious injuries that can result in a crash.

Unsafe Vehicle Conditions

Trucking companies must perform regular maintenance to keep their fleets on the road, but this doesn't always catch all of the potential problems that may occur with these vehicles. Brakes can fail, tires can blow out and several other issues can arise that make 18-wheelers impossible to maneuver even at low speeds.

Also, a truck's cargo can cause problems. Loads can shift, which will upset the balance of the truck. This can lead to issues like rollovers or jackknife accidents that place other motorists at risk of serious injuries.

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