Driver error is the leading cause of trucking accidents nationwide and is the critical reason for over 85% of accidents with an identifiable direct cause. Speeding, taking turns too fast, and exercising poor decision making are all examples of driver error that can cause trucking accidents. Incidents related to driver error often result in damage to property, injury to other drivers and even death.
If you have been in an accident with a truck, it’s very important to thoroughly investigate the actions that caused the incident to occur.
Learn more about the types of driver error and common causes by contacting the Atlanta-area personal injury attorneys at Ashenden & Associates, P.C. If you have been involved in a trucking accident that you believe was caused by driver error, you may be entitled to damages.
Driver Errors that are Contributing Factors in Trucking Accidents
While drivers of large trucks and tractor trailers can make many different types of errors such as improper cargo loading and failure to recognize unsafe road conditions, some of the most common types of mistakes include:
- Taking turns too fast
- Following too closely behind other vehicles on the road
- Not checking the truck’s blind spots
- Drifting between lanes
- Adverse weather
- Driver fatigue
Common Causes of Driver Error in Trucking Accidents
Determining the cause of driver error is important when uncovering the party ultimately responsible for the accident. Some of the most common causes of driver error include driver fatigue, distraction, inexperience, and driving under the influence of prescription drugs or alcohol.
If the driver was too inexperienced to drive safely in the situation, the trucking company may be at fault for improper training. If the driver made a mistake because of prescription medication side effects, they may be held responsible for the accident and subsequent damages should the victim win the case.
Depending on the exact details of the accident, your Ashenden & Associates, P.C. attorney will find the underlying cause of driver error in order to ascertain liability and hold the responsible party accountable.
Contact Ashenden & Associates, P.C. About Your Trucking Case
Trucking accident cases can be complicated. There are many different parties and insurance agencies that can make the process confusing for people not accustomed to this type of personal injury case.
Ashenden & Associates, P.C. has the experience and knowledge necessary to give victims the support they need. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a tractor trailer or semi-truck, and you believe driver error was the cause, request a free case evaluation. Call us at (770) 394-8909 or fill out our online contact form for more information.