Commercial trucks are an essential component of the nation’s transportation system. Consumer goods and manufacturing materials are transported across Michigan highways to keep stores and industries alike supplied with necessary items. Unfortunately, due to their size and speed, collisions involving these large trucks can result in devastating injuries or vehicle occupant fatalities.
While the reasons for a large vehicle accident are myriad, there are five common reasons why a collision might occur:
- Drowsy driving: Truck drivers are expected to go long distances on a shift for several days in a row. While there are numerous regulations in place to keep drivers well-rested and alert, it is not uncommon for drivers to become fatigued while behind the wheel.
- Driving distractions: Being behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler can become a monotonous chore and drivers are often tempted to multitask to pass the time. Whether this is a phone conversation, answering email, personal grooming, eating or watching a movie, anything that pulls attention from the road can cause a deadly collision.
- Driving under the influence: Essentially, this can refer to the influence of any substance. From alcohol and drugs to prescription medication and legal stimulants, drivers can see their perceptive clarity and reaction times greatly diminished.
- Poor training: Truck drivers are required to carry a professional license and complete various training courses before hauling loads. Unfortunately, negligent training can send a driver onto the highway ill-equipped to operate the truck safely.
- Unbalanced loads: If a truck is loaded incorrectly – either overloaded or out of balance – the control can suffer. The weight might shift, pulling the truck out of its lane and into a collision.
Truck collisions can lead to catastrophic injuries and devastating property damage. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle collision, it is wise to explore your options for monetary compensation.