Causes of Truck Accidents in San Jose

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Throughout the years, the frequency of truck accidents has been on the rise. In fact, over the past 20 years, the amount of accidents has increased by 20%. The trucking industry is governed by federal laws and regulations and the determination of liability in truck accidents comes from these laws. Truck accidents can come about at the fault of the driver, the owner of the truck, the person leasing the truck, the manufacturer of the truck, tires or parts of the vehicle or even the loader of the cargo. If you have been injured in a truck accident and are looking to hold the negligent party responsible, team up with a San Jose truck accident attorney from Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation.

Top Causes of Truck Accidents

Many people tend to think driver fatigue is the number one cause of truck accidents due to the long hours and distances the drivers work without breaks. It is not the leading cause; however, drug use is actually the most common cause of truck accidents. Making up about 26% of accidents, drug use affected the reaction time of the driver and led to an accident.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), some of the other causes of truck accidents include:

  • Speeding: makes up about 23% of accidents and the excessive force that comes with speeding makes these accidents more fatal.
  • Unfamiliarity with the territory: 22% of accidents are caused by drivers being unfamiliar with the roads that they are driving on.
  • Over the counter medication: While illicit and prescription drugs are the leading cause, over the counter medications contribute to about 17% of truck accidents.
  • Failure to check blind spots: about 14% of accidents are caused by the truck driver not properly checking their blind spots before making a lane change or turn.
  • Driver fatigue: this used to be thought of as the number one cause, but only about 13% of truck accidents are caused by driver fatigue.
  • Simple safety measures: 9% of truck accidents are caused by driver's just failing to perform safety measures like using a turn signal.
  • Distracted driving: about 8% of truck accidents involve a driver who was not paying attention to the road.
  • Difficulty to maneuver trucks: large trucks are hard to maneuver and many drivers underestimate the level of difficulty, which has led to 7% of truck accidents.
  • Road rage: driving aggressively has caused about 7% of truck accidents.

Who causes truck accidents?

Truck accidents may occur at the fault of many different parties. The truck driver and the drivers surrounding trucks on the road seem to cause the majority of the accidents. While there are occasions wherein the manufacturer or owner of the truck is at fault, the main causes come from the people on the road. Passenger drivers on the road tend to cause accidents by driving in blind spots, tailgating or cutting lanes in front of trucks. Some truck driver errors include driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or speeding.

Need a lawyer for your truck accident case in San Jose, CA? If you have suffered from an injury due to a truck accident, a San Jose truck accident attorney from Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation can help. Our firm represents injured victims throughout the San Francisco bay area and we offer a free case evaluation, so call us today and discuss the accident and your injuries. We may be able to help you fight for the compensation you deserve from the negligent party or parties.

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