Generally speaking, those in passenger vehicles are going to experience more harm than those in large trucks when the two types of vehicles collide. This is because a commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds while a passenger vehicle weighs up to 4,000 pounds. With so much on the line, it is important to understand the common causes of large truck accidents in North Carolina and throughout the country.
Driver error is among the most common reasons why large trucks are involved in accidents. Drivers may be operating their vehicles while drunk, tired or under the influence of drugs. It is also possible that they will drive while tired or without regard for slower drivers on the road. If a vehicle is not properly maintained or loaded, it could result in a truck tipping over or sliding off of the road.
It could also lead to defects such as a broken windshield or worn brakes. These and other problems may make it harder to see or harder to slow down in a short period of time. An inability to stop in a timely manner might be even more of a hazard during times of inclement weather. Ideally, truck drivers will slow down when there is ice or snow on the highway in an effort to avoid an accident.
Individuals who are hurt in truck accidents could experience significant injuries from which they may never fully recover. Passengers in the commercial truck, as well as others who were hurt because of a truck driver’s negligence, may be entitled to compensation for those injuries. An attorney may able to help secure a settlement or jury award that pays a person for lost wages, lost future earnings and medical bills incurred because of a truck driver’s negligent behavior.