Top Causes of Truck Accidents in Phoenix, AZ

Truck accidents can be caused by things that the driver does, mistakes of the loading company, the truck owner and the truck manufacturer. When proving fault in your case, pin-pointing a cause and having evidence makes the process easier and quicker. For help with this process, it is beneficial to have a Phoenix truck accident lawyer from Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo by your side. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) the top causes of trucking accidents include:

  1. Driving under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs, making up 26% of truck accidents
  2. Speeding, making up 23% of trucking accidents
  3. Unfamiliarity with the area, making up 22% of truck accidents
  4. Driving under the influence of over-the-counter medication, making up 18% of truck accidents
  5. Drivers forgetting safety training, making up 14% of truck accidents
  6. Driver fatigue, making up 13% of truck accidents
  7. Illegal maneuvers, making up 9% of trucking accidents
  8. Distracted driving, making up 8% of truck accidents
  9. Difficulty maneuvering trucks, making up 7% of trucking accidents
  10. Road rage, making up 7% of truck accidents

Some other reasons that an accident may happen is due to the slow deceleration of trucks, the large blind spots, under-inflated tires and any truck equipment failure. If consistent maintenance and equipment checks are not done, the truck may malfunction and cause an accident. Mechanical problems that we have seen cause accidents include brake problems, defective tires, improper loading of cargo, overloading the cargo and skipping safety inspections. It is imperative to continuously check the performance of the truck to make sure it is prepared to go out on a trip. All too often, truck owners and companies do not take the necessary precautions. For help proving fault and finding the cause of your truck accident, team up with a Phoenix personal injury attorney from Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo. Call our firm today for a free case evaluation!

Categories: Trucking Accidents

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