The Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a report in 2018 that truck transportation was the most dangerous of major industries it reports within. Drivers and truck drivers account for over 2% of the total workforce, with about 18.4% of all occupational fatalities. It makes sense that safety is so essential in the trucking industry. As a driver, here are three types of equipment failure regularly reported in trucking accidents:
- Brake failure: With heavy loads and a great deal of momentum, brakes are obviously one of the most critical safety components of truck operation. Brakes can fail to stop a truck, but they can also break too quickly or lock up, causing a truck and its cargo to lose control.
- Cargo loading: If heavy or hazardous cargo is not loaded correctly, changes in acceleration or braking can cause significant weight shifts that could throw a truck off balance or dislodge cargo.
- Tire quality: Not all tires have the same quality assurances and may have defects that can cause blowouts or loss of tire pressure on the road.
Dealing with the repercussions of an accident
Truck drivers are skilled professionals who take endless measures to ensure the safety of other drivers on the road, their cargo and themselves. If you’ve taken every step you can and a manufacturer defect or equipment failure caused you to lose control in a collision, an attorney may be able to help you to pursue compensation for your injuries and damages.