Proving Truck Driver Error

Once the shrieking tires have stopped and the glass has settled, the confusion sets in. If you have been injured in a New Hampshire truck accident, you may still be wondering what exactly went wrong.

There are many reasons for large truck crashes – ranging from faulty brakes to improper loads. One of the most prevalent causes has more to do with the person operating the massive truck, than the vehicle itself.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a thorough investigation into the causes of large truck wrecks. The Large-Truck Crash Causation Study looked into a sample of 120,000 truck crashes. These wrecks resulted in at least one death or injury.

Driver Error to Blame

Researchers uncovered all kinds of data related to truck accident causes. One fact they discovered was that driver error was a common factor in these tragic accidents. The study listed top 10 factors associated with truck crashes, many of which had to with the driver. For example, some frequent driver errors included:

  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Prescription drug use
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Driver fatigue

Inexperience and poor training have also been associated with many crashes.

Evidence Used to Prove Driver Error

Truck accident cases are not your typical personal injury claims. These are complex accidents that tend to have unique factors involved. If you or a family member has been injured in such a crash, it is imperative to understand the evidence that is often used to prove that trucker error played a role. Some of the evidence that comes into play includes:

  • Electronic event data recorders
  • Global positioning systems (GPS)
  • Inclinometers
  • On-board computers

Your Rights

Evidence needs to be preserved after a truck accident. It is therefore crucial that you contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer will be able to review your case, explain your legal rights and discuss your options. For your free case evaluation, contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss online or by calling (603) 556-4148. Our law firm represents clients in Western New Hampshire and Eastern Vermont.


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