Truck accidents are caused by a number of reasons including but not limited to the following:
System safety failure
Faulty trucks or brakes
Extreme weather conditions
Truck Driver Errors
Truck driver errors are often the cause for most trucking accidents. Due to the nature of the work, truck drivers work long hours and are often impaired with lack of sleep and extreme fatigue. Truck drivers are ten times more likely to cause an accident when compared with other factors like road or weather conditions. In a study presented by the Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration, the study found the most common causes of driver error leading to truck accidents were:
Use of over-the-counter drugs/prescriptions
Speeding
Driver Fatigue
Below our Houston Truck accident lawyers will explain how these three causes lead help contribute to truck accidents.

Drug Use

Unless prescribed by a licensed physician familiar with the driver’s medical history and job duties, drivers are not allowed to use any over-the-counter drugs or prescriptions. Exceptions may be made if the licensed physician determines that the drug use will not affect the driver’s ability to safely operate a truck. The problem with prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs is the risk of side effects they present, like drowsiness or nausea. These side effects pose a problem by impairing the driver’s ability to safely operate their truck.

Federal regulations require trucking companies to test their drivers for alcohol and drug use for employment and perform random periodic testing on on-duty drivers and after any accident involving a fatality. Despite these regulations, it’s been revealed that drivers can bypass the accuracy of these tests with products like synthetic urine.

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident and feel the truck driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, our Houston truck accident lawyers may be able to help you.

Speeding

One of the more common truck and car driver errors is speeding. Trucks are behemoths that aren’t meant for quick, sudden turns. Turning too suddenly or slamming on the brakes will only result in a rollover. Speeding endangers drivers and everyone around them and this fact is amplified for all truck drivers. Obeying the speed limit is important in keeping up with safety regulations.

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident and feel the truck driver wasn’t obeying the speed limits imposed, contact our Houston truck accident lawyers for help.

Driver Fatigue

Truck drivers work long hours and the nature of the work is exhausting. Fatigue leads to inattention, risk of falling asleep at the wheel, ignoring warnings and signs of danger and delayed or over-reactions to situations needing their immediate attention. Of the three common causes of driver errors listed above, fatigue is the most common cause of truck accidents which is also ironic since it’s the most preventable.

Federal regulations have set rules to ensure truck drivers obtain the necessary amount of rest and sleep needed in order to drive safely; however, drivers don’t always necessarily follow the rules set forth.

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident and feel the truck driver was negligent due to fatigue, contact our truck accident lawyers in Houston for help in determining fault in your case.

The truck accident attorneys at the Salazar Law Firm will provide the legal representation and experience you need for your case. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact one of our Houston Truck accident attorneys for help on your case today

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