What Are Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

McArthur - Caleb Walker

Macon Truck Accident Attorney Explains the Common Factors of Truck Collisions

The trucking industry is heavily controlled by federal regulations—and for good reason. When truck companies and their drivers fail to follow the laws and regulations, truck accidents are almost guaranteed to occur. At the McArthur Law Firm, we prefer to call these types of incidents “truck wrecks,” not accidents, because most of them were preventable and only happened due to negligence. In this video, Georgia truck accident attorney Caleb Walker explains some common truck wrecks they see in Macon and throughout Georgia.

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Video Transcription

Truck companies are supposed to be professional drivers, and there are a lot of safety rules and regulations that apply to them because they are on the road so much, for so many hours, and so many miles, that if they don’t follow some very strict rules and guidelines as far as driving safely, wrecks will occur. A common thing we look at in every case would be hours of service. There are very strict rules about how long a driver can drive each day, how long of breaks he has to take between days, and if a driver is over hours. The reason that regulation is in place is because after a certain number of hours, for anyone, fatigue sets in and they become a less safe driver. Another area where trucking is highly regulated is in maintenance and inspection of trucks themselves. Drivers are required before every trip to inspect a number of points on the vehicle to make sure that the vehicle is safe to drive. When a truck breaks down, for instance, if it has a tire blowout on the road, an out-of-control truck on the interstate is a very dangerous thing as compared to an individual’s car. The federal regulation requires truck drivers to not text at all while driving but they’re allowed to use a cell phone as long as they use a hands-free, Bluetooth type device. The actual federal rule on that issue is, it’s a basic safety floor, but it doesn’t necessarily cover all the situations that could result in dangerous driving and injure people. For more information, go to our website at McArthurLawFirm.com or call us directly at 1-888-WE-FIGHT (1-888-933-9448).