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What are Five Common Causes of a Truck Wreck? A Vancouver Truck Accident Attorney Outlines the Possibilities.

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

As someone who is searching for a Vancouver truck accident lawyer to offer insight into a recent crash, you undoubtedly have strong opinions about what did (and did not) contribute to your accident. However, try to avoid "prejudging" your case. Let the facts speak for themselves.

After all, your memory may be inaccurate or incomplete. The police report could also contain errors. Often, only a detailed investigation can unearth the truth.

To that end, following are five very common causes of truck crashes:

  • Poor truck maintenance. A faulty brake, rusted axle, blunted transmission, or loose cargo load could have created the conditions that caused your accident. If a maintenance issue caused your disaster, the trucking company, manufacturer, or a mechanic could be held liable.
  • Driver fatigue. Truckers in British Columbia cover unbelievable distances on a regular basis. To survive these big drives, many truckers over-caffeinate and consume lots of sugary snacks for instant energy. The intense schedule, intense mileage, and stimulants induce mental “up and downs,” which can cause truckers to become dangerously fatigued behind the wheel.
  • Insufficient driver screening. Perhaps the company that screened the driver who hit you did a poor job of interviewing candidates. Often, problematic truckers have checkered pasts, including histories of license suspension, accidents, and criminal behavior.
  • Inadequate supervision. Maybe the trucker’s company gave him an impossibly difficult route, which led to carelessness and fatigue. If so, the company could be liable for creating the dangerous conditions that caused your accident.
  • General mayhem. Dozens of other factors could have played a role, both indirectly and directly, including poor signage, bad road engineering, slick weather conditions, and animal or pedestrian interference.


For help unraveling your Vancouver truck accident case, connect with the team here at McComb Witten at 604-255-9018 to schedule a free consultation. You may also wish to get more insight into your case by downloading a copy of our free report, Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim.