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Common Causes of Michigan Truck Accidents

Our truck injury attorney in Michigan thoroughly investigates the causes of a truck accident for their client. While some of the causes may seem obvious, like simply rear-ending another vehicle, there are numerous other causes that may not seem so obvious. These include problems with the vehicle itself, corporate trucking policies, improper training and logs, and different reasons for the truck driver negligence.
The most common of these causes are the following:
  • Fatigue, sleepy or tired drivers driving too many hours without rest
  • Truck drivers drinking alcohol or drug use
  • Running off the road
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights and other warning devices
  • Overloaded Truck
  • Oversized Truck
  • Lack of training on the part of the truck driver
  • Poorly maintained brakes on the Truck
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving in conditions of poor visibility due to smoke, fog, snow or rain
  • Poorly maintained tires
  • Speeding
  • Wide turns
  • Blind spots
  • Fatigue, sleepy or tired drivers driving too many hours without rest
  • Running off the road
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights and other warning devices

Many trucking companies also have either mileage incentives or requirements for drivers which often leads to excessive time on the road without rest. Other trucking companies put tremendous pressure on truck drivers to meet certain delivery times which causes faster speeds to arrive on time. A full investigation into the reasons behind a particular accident is essential to winning a truck accident case.

Sec. 658. (1) A person propelling a bicycle or operating a motorcycle or moped shall not ride other than upon and astride a permanent and regular seat attached to that vehicle.

(2) A bicycle or motorcycle shall not be used to carry more persons at 1 time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

(3) A moped shall not be used to carry more than 1 person at a time.

(4) A person operating or riding on a motorcycle, and any person less than 19 years of age operating a moped on a public thoroughfare shall wear a crash helmet on his or her head. Crash helmets shall be approved by the department of state police. The department of state police shall promulgate rules for the implementation of this section pursuant to the administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, MCL 24.201 to 24.315. Rules in effect on June 1, 1970, shall apply to helmets required by this act. This subsection does not apply to a person operating or riding in an autocycle if the vehicle is equipped with a roof which meets or exceeds standards for a crash helmet.

(5) A person operating or riding in an autocycle shall wear seat belts when on a public highway in this state.

To learn more about your rights after a Michigan truck accident, contact us immediately after your accident.
 

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