It may not come as a surprise that the majority of big truck/18-wheeler wrecks are not the sort of wrecks where those involved walk away sustaining little to no injury. Many big truck and 18-wheeler wrecks that occur are caused by entirely preventable causes, including:
In addition to the tractor-trailer 18-wheelers, trucking accidents can also involve garbage and dump trucks, flatbed trucks, oilfield trucks, delivery trucks, box trucks, tow trucks, and tanker trucks.
Yes, big truck accidents are often caused by the trucking company’s failure to follow the minimum safety rules regarding hiring and training a truck driver. The minimum safety rules are found in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and require that the trucking company, before putting a driver on the road in a big truck, ensure that the truck driver is qualified to drive. The trucking company has common sense responsibilities, such as
Some big truck wrecks are caused by defects on the truck itself. Many times, these defects are due to the trucking company and truck driver performing poor maintenance, or no maintenance at all. For example, big truck wrecks are commonly caused by