When large trucks collide with smaller passenger vehicles, the later usually gets the brunt of the damage. This makes sense considering that passenger vehicles usually weigh around 4,000 pounds and 18-wheelers weigh around 80,000 pounds. North Carolina residents may be interested in learning some of the most prevalent causes behind these accidents.

Driver error is the No. 1 reason why trucking accidents happen. However, it is more common for the driver of a passenger vehicle to be at fault than the trucker. One study revealed that over 80% of accidents involving passenger vehicles and 18-wheelers were the fault of the passenger vehicle drivers. Truckers may be able to reduce these accidents by improving their defensive driving skills and keeping a safe distance from other vehicles.

Bad weather can throw any driver for a loop if they are not prepared and do not have adequate training. Rain, ice and snow can make it difficult for a vehicle to stop quickly, especially heavy trucks. When the weather is not good, all drivers need to slow down. Truckers require training to learn proper braking techniques to help them avoid skidding, jackknifing and hydroplaning.

There are times when equipment manufacturers are negligent and allow defective or dangerous components to be produced and used. This can lead to motor vehicle accidents that involve serious injuries or fatalities. An attorney could help a victim or their family members determine the liable party, whether it’s the truck manufacturer, parts manufacturer or trucking company. Legal counsel may provide advice about how to get compensation for injuries and wrongful death. Time is of the essence in these situations since there may be limitations as to when claims can be filed.