Although any number of different factors can contribute to truck accidents, trucker negligence is one of the most common causes of these collisions. In fact, some researchers have found that truck driver negligence is a factor in as many as 90 percent of all truck accidents that occur each year in the U.S. While this fact alone is disturbing, what can be possibly even more unsettling is knowing that so many accidents may have been prevented (or may have been far less serious) if truck drivers were far less negligent and reckless when they were operating commercial vehicles.
In this three-part blog, we’ll spotlight some of the most common forms of truck driver negligence. If you believe such negligence has contributed to an accident in which you were injured, don’t hesitate to contact Bahr and Kreidle for more information about your rights and likely entitlements.
1. Truck Driver Intoxication: Drunk Driving
Even though drinking and driving is against the law, many people – including commercial truck drivers – still make the reckless choice to engage in this dangerous behavior. For truckers, however, the legal limits for intoxication are far lower than they are for passenger drivers, as a BAC of 0.04 is sufficient for a trucker driver to be considered to be legally drunk in the eyes of the law.
What this means is that even just one beer before driving could result in:
- Truckers being over the legal limits
- These drivers putting others on the road in serious danger
- A far greater risk of truck accidents
- Drunk or intoxicated truck drivers being held liable if or when they cause accidents to others on the road.
2. Truck Driver Fatigue
This is, unfortunately, a significant problem that causes a number of accidents, injuries and deaths each year in the U.S. Despite the fact that federal regulators (like, for instance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, FMCSA) have instituted rules to try to curb this form of truck driver negligence:
- Truck drivers and their employers regularly flout these rules.
- As many as 25 percent of all truckers were reportedly so fatigued while driving within the last 30 days that they had trouble not falling asleep behind the wheel.
- Truck driver fatigue-related accidents continue to occur.
Check out the additional upcoming parts of this blog for our continued discussion regarding common forms of truck driver negligence and how they can contribute to truck accidents.
Littleton, Colorado Truck Accident Lawyers at Bahr and Kreidle
If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident that may have been caused by trucker negligence, Littleton truck accident attorneys at Bahr and Kreidle are ready to fight for you. Since 1983, our lawyers have been aggressively standing up against injustice, inequality and intolerance on behalf of our clients.
A choice to work with the trusted Littleton truck accident attorneys at Bahr and Kreidle can empower injured people and give them confidence that their important legal matters will be resolved as favorably and efficiently as possible.
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