We share our Oklahoma roads with trucks of all sizes hauling freight. The large trucks are operated under certain laws and safety standards to keep the roads safe for all drivers. More often than not, a trucking company will cut corners in order to try to save some money. When this happens, these big rigs can become unsafe and cause a very serious truck accident. If you are unfortunate enough to be in the truck's path, having an experienced truck accident attorney help you with your claim can save you time and frustration.
There are several causes of truck accidents and they can be the fault of the trucking company or the driver. Common causes of truck accidents include:
Trucking companies make more money if they can transport extra cargo in a shorter amount of time. To do this, the trucking companies overload their trucks and require their drivers to hold to unrealistic schedules. Overloaded trucks can easily tip and roll over if the driver changes lanes too quickly, if the driver makes a tight turn, or if the wind is blowing hard. Unrealistic schedules can cause the driver to become fatigued and unable to properly and safely control the truck. Trucking companies will manipulate the driving logs to make it look like the driver had enough rest while delivering the cargo.
Drivers of trucks with unrealistic schedules may drive aggressively and speed to make the delivery on time. Doing this endangers the lives of drivers and passengers of other vehicles. Laws are in place that requires the truck driver to have adequate time to make their delivers and have rest after a certain amount of driving time. These laws make driving aggressively and speeding unnecessary to make a delivery.
Trucking companies may not provide their trucks with the proper maintenance to keep them safe. This is a way to save the company money; however, it creates an unsafe truck. A truck that is not maintained can have a truck accident due to brake failure or other system failures. Over and under inflated tires can make handling the truck difficult. Maintaining proper tire pressure is essential to avoid a truck accident.