Posted by Aubrey at Aug
Over two million auto accidents occur every year in the United States. Collisions can lead to extensive damage resulting in injuries, extensive medical bills, and lost wages. Unfortunately, some of these accidents are due to driver error, and are preventable.
All drivers on the road have a duty not to endanger other drivers with negligent behavior. However, commercial trucks are usually carrying a large load, and are much larger than other vehicles on the road, meaning they have an even greater responsibility not to make reckless driving decisions. Unfortunately, not all drivers uphold their duty, because driver error is the leading cause of truck accidents. According to the Texas truck driver negligence lawyers of Williams Kherkher, truck driver errors include:
- Driving with an overweight load
- Driving while fatigued
- Not properly securing load
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to properly use brakes or turn signals
- Driving during adverse conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Obviously driver error is not limited to truck drivers, the above actions are also causes of smaller vehicle collisions. Distracted driving, such as using a cell phone, is an extension of driver error and is one of the most common causes of car accidents. For example, 21% of drivers between the ages of 15-19 involved in fatal crashes were a result of cell phone use. Text messaging is especially dangerous since it requires manual, visual, and cognitive attention. Not using a cell phone would significantly lower your chances of being involved in an accident, but even choosing to use a hands-free Bluetooth device would allow you to focus more on the road and less on your cell phone. This, however, is not a foolproof method for eradicating your chances of making a mistake behind the wheel. Remember to exercise extreme caution while driving any type of motor vehicle.
Accidents involving driver error and distracted driving occur far too often. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car or truck accident due to driver error, it is important to seek legal counsel in order to put the process of securing compensation in motion.