Tractor Trailer Accidents

Drivers Under Pressure Cause Accidents

Truck drivers are often tired and pushed to meet tight schedules, creating the conditions for a crash to happen. If you are involved in a tractor trailer accident, you should immediately contact the law firm of Edwards & Kautz in Paducah, Kentucky. Our lawyers can help you secure the full compensation you need to pay for medical bills, lost income and other expenses related to your accident.

Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?

Driver fatigue. Not getting enough sleep, loading and unloading heavy loads and putting in overtime can impair not only a driver's ability to drive, but also to judge how well he is driving. Drivers get paid only when they deliver their loads. They are constantly pressured to deliver on time. Federal guidelines establish how much sleep a driver must get. If they fall behind in a schedule, they should not make it up by driving while sleepy or by taking medications to keep from sleeping. When they do, they risk getting into an accident.

DUI. Driving while under effects of alcohol or drugs is against the law. When truckers drive drunk, they risk not only the lives of the other people on the road, but their own livelihoods. If you've been injured by a truck driver who was driving under the influence, the state's criminal case against the driver won't help you, but a personal injury lawsuit could.

Bad weather. Poor weather, such as rain, fog or snow, may cause truck accidents. Big truck drivers may not see motorcyclists, cars or walkers. In such cases, it may be hard to know who is at fault for an accident, or if anyone was at fault at all. In times of bad weather, it is very important to be cautious and be aware of other drivers.

Reckless/distracted driving. Truckers need to follow the rules. If they do not they can hurt people by:

  • Playing the radio or texting and not watching the road
  • Following too close
  • Not using blind spot mirrors
  • Speeding
  • Improperly braking
  • Making quick lane changes
  • Driving with unsecured or poorly loaded cargo
  • Not using a signal to turn

Jackknifing. This problem usually occurs because the driver stomps the brakes while the truck is going at a high speed. Then the entire truck, along with the trailers, can start to skid. Jackknifing can cause extreme destruction and loss of life. In addition, the truck can roll, causing an even worse accident.

We Can Help. Call Today.

Victims of trucking accidents may need help getting compensation for medical bills, future medical care, loss of income or property and other losses. Our attorneys can meet with you at a free consultation to evaluate your case and determine the next step to get you relief for your losses. Call 270-908-4914 or email us to get started.