You see them everywhere on the road – commercial trucks and big rigs tend to dominate the highway due to sheer size and weight. And while most drivers and trucking companies are conscientious about following safety rules and U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, some companies and independent contractors can cut corners in the name of saving money. Below, we dive into 4 of the most common causes of truck accidents in Kansas City and what you should do if you're involved in one.
Truck Accident Brief
More than 13,000 accidents involving semi-trucks are reported yearly in Kansas and Missouri. In fact, across the country, there were more than 115,000 accidents that involved large trucks. And, in 2019 alone, more than 4,000 people died in the United State from such accidents.
4 Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Kansas City
Accidents can happen when truckers and companies ignore safety regulations. Below are 4 of the most common reasons that result in truck accidents in Kansas City:
- Texting while driving. Commercial drivers are prohibited from typing or reading text messages while driving.
- Using a mobile phone without a hands-free device. Drivers are also restricted from holding a mobile phone. They must be using an earpiece or speaker while talking.
- Annual safety reviews and inspections. Trucks are supposed to be inspected and maintained yearly, in addition to pre- and post-trip inspections.
- Driving too long. Commercial drivers are supposed to only drive a limited number of hours per day and week. Drivers are required to keep a log of their hours, which can be fabricated if kept on paper instead of being transmitted electronically.
You've Been Involved in a Truck Accident. Here's Why You Should Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve been injured in an accident with a big commercial truck, you are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, car repair and more. The experienced personal injury attorney at Castle Law Office is here to help you every step of the way.
Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with a personal injury attorney that will fight to get you compensated. Or you can click here to contact us and schedule your free consultation.