Eyes on the Road: Common Cause of Truck Accidents

Eyes on the Road: Common Cause of Truck Accidents

Sep 24

Truck drivers are constantly on the road for hours at a time. This can lead to boredom and a sense of complacency and many truck drivers relax the hard and fast rule that all commercial truck drivers should constantly observe: eyes on the road.

The most common cause of truck accidents is not intoxication, it’s not even fatigue; it’s inattention. Because of the number of hours they spend behind the wheel with no mishap, they take it for granted that a few seconds reaching for the compact disc in the glove compartment or picking up a dropped can of soda will not make any difference. And that is when accidents happen.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, one of the top causes of 18-wheeler accidents is distracted driving. A recent accident that killed an East Texas truck driver and seriously injured 3 others was said to have been because the truck driver failed to observe in time that traffic had been stopped on Interstate 10 East due to an earlier accident in Louisiana. It doesn’t seem possible that any driver would fail to observe that vehicles were not moving up ahead, and it can only be speculated that the driver was distracted by something or someone.

In South Carolina, a pedestrian was killed when struck by an 18-wheeler at the mile marker 122 on Interstate 20 in Lee County. The case is under investigation, but in all likelihood the driver had been momentarily distracted or had swerved trying to avoid an obstacle on the road. As pointed out in the website of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, truck accidents often have serious consequences for survivors, but fatalities such as this one are equally devastating.

If you have been seriously injured or an immediate family member was killed in a truck accident because the driver was distracted or inattentive, this is a case of negligence. Contact a truck accident lawyer in your area to find out how you can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and other responsible parties.

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  2. I sent this around, good post

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