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Trucking Accidents

If you drive along the roadways of North Carolina, you are probably aware of the dangers that large commercial vehicles can pose to other drivers. While professional drivers should adhere to a high level of precaution, some do not take their responsibilities seriously enough. At Baker Billick, we understand how critical it is to protect the victims of truck drivers' negligence and stand against unlawful or dangerous actions on the road.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a two-and-a-half year study of crashes involving commercial vehicles. Out of more than 140,000 crashes, almost half were the direct result of truck drivers' mistakes or misjudgment. Within that group of accidents, the most common causes were intentional decisions such as following other vehicles too closely, driving above a safe speed or similar unsafe practices. Other causes included falling asleep, reacting poorly to a surprising condition and becoming distracted behind the wheel.

When an accident involving a large truck does occur, it may be possible to analyze the scene enough to reconstruct what happened and hold the guilty party responsible. The driver's log book, which is a record of the hours and distance spent behind the wheel, may show whether the driver obtained the legal amount of rest between jobs. Additionally, the truck's black box may be reveal what took place immediately before and during the crash. Reconstructing the crash site itself is another potential way to discover what happened.

Sometimes a driver is overworked or inadequately trained. The fault may then lie with the trucking company itself. It is important to investigate the situation fully to see who is responsible when a tragedy does occur on the road. You can find more information about trucking accidents on our web page.

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