Causes of McDonough Truck Accidents
The federal Department of Transportation performed a safety study back in 2007 that tried to identify the most common causes of large commercial truck accidents. Most of the causes were related from driver error, although defective parts on the truck also contributed to many accidents.
Some of the leading causes included:
- Brake failure
- Inadequate surveillance/driver inattention
- Over the counter and prescription drug use
- Driver fatigue
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Road defects
- Illegal maneuver
- Pressure imposed on drivers to meet deadlines
- Following too closely
- Tire problems
Some of these causes are surprising. For example, brake manufacturers should have increased the safety of their products by now. Also, federal regulations strictly limit how much a commercial truck driver can be behind the wheel. These are detailed “hours of service” regulations which limit the driver of a truck carrying consumer goods to no more than 11 hours a day after 10 consecutive hours off. There are also rules regarding mandated break periods.
Truck Accident Injuries
Commercial trucks are larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road. Unsurprisingly, these gigantic vehicles cause devastating injuries when they collide with pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and passengers in smaller cars.
Some of the most serious injuries include:
- Fractures. Bones can shatter into many pieces during a bad accident, resulting in a comminuted fracture. When bones are severely damaged, a person will need surgery to try and repair the bone. Horrific injuries might also lead to amputation.
- Crush injuries. A crushed limb can lead to all sorts of problems, including shock and kidney failure.
- Traumatic brain injuries. A moderate or severe TBI can cause a person to lose the ability to walk, talk, and remember. Sleep and behavior might also be impaired.
- Permanent nerve damage. Broken bones and strained soft tissue can press on nerves, cutting off the blood supply. Unless the pressure is relieved, a victim can suffer permanent nerve damage.
- Spinal cord injuries. Paralysis can result when a truck accident victim suffers injury to their spinal column.
Many people also die in collisions with large commercial trucks. Their family members need to figure out how to carry on without the income and services their loved one provided.