With large truck accidents on the rise, it's no wonder why the federal government commissioned a study to find out why. In this brief video, South Carolina tractor trailer accident attorney Rob Usry reveals four of the top 10 causes of deadly 18-wheeler accidents. The top one just shouldn't happen, and you may be shocked to learn what number four is- and what its definition includes.
So what are the major causes of deadly 18-wheeler accidents? a federal government study using 2017 crash data reveals truckers kill people by violating basic rules of safe driving. I've got the top ten causes listed on my website but I'm just gonna talk about the top four today.
- Number one is speeding, could anything be more lethal?
- Number two distraction or inattention that could be using a cell phone or even just daydreaming or believe it or not eating.
- Number three failure to yield the right away that could mean a trucker tries to blow through an intersection despite the fact there's already a car in it.
- Number four impairment which is just plain disturbing but it's also interested in how the feds defined it. It's not just by drugs and alcohol it also includes fatigue. overworked or tired truckers are such a supreme safety concern that federal regulations limit the time they can drive. Still it remains a potential factor in every case and if it's there it can give you the right to punitive damages.