There are many reasons why a truck accident can occur on North Carolina roads. One common cause is excessive speed. Drivers may try to go faster when they are paid by the load delivered as more deliveries equals a higher hourly rate. In some cases, brake failure can prevent a truck from stopping in a timely manner. When a commercial truck's brakes are working properly, they can stop within 100 feet when traveling at 35 miles per hour.
If a truck is not loaded properly, it could have trouble navigating curves or accidentally release its cargo into the road. The cargo that falls off of a truck could strike another vehicle or otherwise create conditions for an accident in the future. Drivers may not necessarily have a set work or sleep schedule. Therefore, they can be vulnerable to working while tired.
However, driving a truck while fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving while under the influence of alcohol. Distracted driving can be just as dangerous for commercial drivers as it is for those operating passenger vehicles. Using a cellphone, eating or changing a radio station are all examples of distracted driving. Finally, poor weather conditions may result in a truck hydroplaning or otherwise being involved in a significant accident.
Individuals who are hurt in big rig accidents may be entitled to various forms of compensation. They may include reimbursement for medical bills or lost wages resulting from injuries incurred in an accident. To obtain damages, an injured victim must show that negligence caused it to happen. A truck driver who was tired, drunk or distracted when an accident took place may have violated his or her duty of care to others who were also on the road.