Common Causes For Semi-Truck Accidents In Arizona And New Mexico

Posted by Jared Pehrson | Dec 02, 2021

Semi-trucks are quite popular on Arizona and New Mexico's roads. These enormous trucks, weighing between 30 and 40 tons, have been involved in several incidents over the years. When driving semi-trucks, drivers must be especially cautious since they are responsible for everyone on the road's safety. The following are some examples of ways that semi-trucks may cause deadly collisions on the highway, injuring other drivers.

DRIVER ERROR

Driver's are also prone to be distracted, not pay attention to their surroundings, and make poor decisions that could cause a semi-truck accident. Even if certain precautions are taken such as checking tire pressure or ensuring cargo has been loaded correctly, humans can still make mistakes and become the cause for an accident.

Driving a semi-truck while under the influence is one error that a driver could make. Driving under the influence is almost certainly a cause for some semi-truck accidents in Arizona and New Mexico. This is a violation of Arizona and New Mexico law.

DRIVER TRAINING

Driving a semi-truck is not easy and takes a lot of skill to do it properly. Semi-trucks require special training, which some drivers never receive before they begin driving these huge vehicles on Arizona and New Mexico roads each day.

IMPROPER LOAD FASTENING

Failure to secure loads is another common cause of semi-truck accidents in Arizona and New Mexico. If a load has not been properly secured, it can fall off of the truck while they are driving down the road! This may lead to an accident that could also endanger other drivers on the roads.

Low-filled liquid loads can be a cause for semi-truck accidents as well, and they happen all too often in Arizona and New Mexico every year! If you do not fill up your tank before heading out on the roads, then it is possible that this could lead to an accident. Low fluid in a tank can cause a liquid surge. The liquid surge in a semi-truck is dangerous. It causes the truck to swerve and bounce around, which can lead to an accident with other drivers on the road.

IMPROPER MAINTENANCE

No matter if the semi-truck was loaded and fastened correctly; the maintenance of the semi-truck can cause an accident in Arizona and New Mexico.

Driving a semi-truck requires proper maintenance and should include getting regular oil changes, tire rotations, filter replacements, and inspections to ensure that your truck is in good working order before you take it out onto the highways. If any issues are found during these checks, drivers need to have them fixed immediately so they can drive with peace of mind. Often, these items are deferred for many reasons, but more than likely due to how much those repairs may have cost.

Bad brakes or bad tires are another cause of semi-truck accidents in Arizona/New Mexico that could be avoided if they were properly maintained. If a semi-truck has a tire blowout or its breaks suddenly go out, this can cause the driver to lose control of the semi-truck and possibly crash.

DRIVER NEGLIGENCE

not wearing a seatbelt while driving a semi-truck in the state of Arizona and New Mexico is not only illegal but deadly. A semi-truck driver not wearing his/her seatbelt while driving could cost not only the driver's his/her life but also those around them on the road as well as thousands of dollars in fines and legal costs.

If a driver doesn't wear his/her seatbelt while driving a seatbelt in Arizona and New Mexico and run into problems like a blown tire, it can cause the driver to lose control of the semi-truck.

If you or your relative have been injured in a semi-truck accident you need an experienced attorney to represent you. Reach out now to talk to an Impact Legal Attorney today at 602-345-1818.

About the Author

Jared Pehrson

Jared is a lifetime boater that has spent countless hours boating all over the left coast. His favorite lake is Lake Powell. Lake Powell reminds him of years past when he starting boating with his late grandfather. 

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