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Four Critical Errors Truck Drivers Make That Make Truck Accidents More Likely To Occur

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Florida truck accidents happen with alarming regularity. Unfortunately, these accidents end up causing serious and potentially life threatening injuries for other motorists involved, either through direct interaction with the truck or due to collisions surrounding the event. Road, traffic, and weather conditions are often contributing factors in these accidents, but federal highway safety officials claim there are four specific types of driver errors that are among the most common and direct causes.

Common Truck Driver Errors

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has conducted extensive research into how and why trucking accidents happen. They have identified common factors which are often involved in these accidents, which may have contributed to the crash or its severity. They also identified critical reasons, which are the direct circumstances which led to the truck accident occurring.

These critical reasons tend to center on either the driver, the vehicle, or the environment in which the accident took place. Out of roughly 141,00 truck accidents the FMCSA studied, truck driver errors were found to be a critical reason in approximately 85 percent. These generally fall into one of four categories:

  • Performance errors, which is how a driver responds to a situation. Examples include a driver who panics, overcompensates, or exhibits poor control.
  • Non-performance errors, which involves drivers who fall asleep behind the wheel, or who suffer medical conditions, such as a heart attack.
  • Recognition errors, in which drivers fail to recognize potential dangers. This is generally due to driver distractions, such as talking on cellphones or looking at maps.
  • Decision making errors, in which the driver elected to speed or go to fast for conditions, or engaged in aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating and failure to yield.

Holding Truck Drivers Accountable

In any of the above situations, a truck driver can be held accountable when their actions result in injuries to other motorists. You may be entitled to compensation through a claim against the driver and their insurer. You may also be able to seek compensation through the trucking company itself, if accident investigations reveal the driver was improperly trained or had prior violations which should have warranted extra precautions.

Through the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, and Accountability program (CSA), all trucking companies and their drivers are held accountable for maintaining safety on the roads, and they earn a CSA score based on their past record. Their rating reflects any prior safety violations, as well as any other truck accidents that occurred and the causes and severity of these collisions.

We Are Eager to Assist You Today

At the Wexler Law Firm, P.A., you can trust our West Palm Beach trucking accident attorney to thoroughly investigate your case to determine the circumstances involved in your accident. If it is determined that the truck driver or the trucking company had prior violations, it could increase the amount of compensation you would be entitled to claim. Call or contact our office online today to request a consultation to discuss your case and how we can assist you.

Resource:

fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/research-and-analysis/large-truck-crash-causation-study-analysis-brief

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