Driver Error in Truck Accidents

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How often is driver error in truck accidents the cause of a mishap? Over the years, Fetterman & Associates, PA has found that more often than not driver error is the primary cause of commercial truck accidents that result in serious injuries.


There are numerous types of errors that can occur that will result in such accidents. It is important to realize that in Florida driver error falls under the category of negligence, and that if injuries warrant it, and you’re hurt due to such negligence, you may sue for damages in a civil court.

Common Driver Error in Florida Truck Accidents

Jupiter Truck Accident LawyerAlthough weather, truck performance, and road conditions are, at times, factors in accidents involving trucks, it has been found that commercial truck drivers are ten times more likely to be the cause of a mishap than any other factor.

This fact was noted in a recent study released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), where the authors of the study offered insights into what commonly caused drivers to make mistakes that often resulted in serious injuries to others.

According to the FMCSA study, over-the-counter medicines and prescription drugs are the leading cause of mistakes that lead to accidents. Also prominent on the list are speeding and fatigue. Inattentiveness, distractions, work environment, and unfamiliarity with the road were also cited.

Truck Accident FAQs:

It was noted that when examining causes in driver error in truck accident that:

  • 44% involved drivers who were taking prescription and over-the-counter-drugs.
  • 23% were connected to truckers traveling too fast for conditions.
  • 18% were the result of driver fatigue.

Evidence of Truck Driver Error

In order to prove driver error in truck accidents, evidence needs to be gathered. Fetterman & Associates, PA which has a strong team of truck accident lawyers Jupiter for successfully representing those in personal injury cases alleging driver error, has a vast amount of experience in securing evidence.

Such evidence includes eyewitness accounts, police reports, video and photos of the accident scene. It is also important to utilize driver logbooks, any data about the truck and its operation that has been electronically recorded as well as stored. It is essential that such data be secured before it is erased.

Data that is recorded includes the speed of the truck before and during the accident, when the operator used the brakes, and length of time on the road.

Other devices that are utilized by drivers that can offer important information related to driver error in truck accidents include on-board computers, global positioning systems (GPS), and in cyclometers, which offer information regarding angles, slopes, and curves in order to help drivers understand better how to deal with the changing landscape of the road.

Contact Today Jupiter Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been in a serious accident involving a truck, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-845-2510 as soon as possible. We will immediately act to ensure all-important data is preserved and secured, gather all evidence connected to the accident, and work towards developing your claim.

Although driver error in truck accidents is common, it is important that get all of the evidence to prove negligence. We are ably positioned to do just that.

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