Concluding our two-part blog Car versus Truck Accidents: Causes of Underride Truck Accidents, here is some more important info regarding these deadly type of motor vehicle accidents. While the first installation of this blog discussed the two different types of underride truck accidents and when they are most likely to occur, here in Part 2, we will take a closer look at the specific causes of underride truck accidents and when negligence may be involved in these collisions.
Causes of Underride Truck Accidents
Certain factors and conditions can increase the likelihood that underride truck accidents will occur. While some of these factors may be unavoidable and unpredictable, in many cases, the causes of underride truck accidents involve some element of human error that could have been prevented. Specifically, some of the most common causes of underride truck accidents include (but are not limited to):
- Poorly maintained trucks, which can involve trucks having dirty or nonfunctioning brake lights and/or lacking reflectors (or having dirty reflectors) on the rear and sides of the vehicle – Such conditions can make it difficult for other motorists to see trucks or identify when trucks are slowing, which increases the risk of underride truck accidents.
- Driver impairment, which can involve the truck driver or the passenger vehicle driver (or both) being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and, consequently, having slower reaction times to changing driving conditions.
- Driver inexperience, which can be on the part of the truck driver, the passenger vehicle driver or both – While driver inexperience can cause truck drivers to not check their blind spots or underestimate the time it takes them to make certain maneuvers (like, for example, U-turns), when passenger vehicle drivers are inexperienced, they may fail to leave enough headway between their car and trucks, increasing the likelihood of underride truck accidents.
- Driver distraction on the part of the truck driver, the passenger vehicle driver or both motorists – Driver distraction can have the same effects as driver intoxication in that both of these types of negligent behaviors tend to significantly affect drivers’ reaction times to changing road conditions.
Contacting the Boulder County Car and Truck Accident Lawyers at the Cederberg Law Firm
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