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4 common causes of semi-truck accidents

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Truck accidents are a serious concern on our roadways, often leading to devastating consequences due to the sheer size and weight of semi-trucks. Recognizing the common causes of these accidents is essential for prevention and safety. This blog post will delve into the primary factors contributing to truck accidents, providing valuable insights for drivers, industry professionals, and the general public.

Truck drivers’ long hours can lead to driver fatigue.

One of the leading causes of truck accidents is driver fatigue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration limits the number of hours a truck driver can operate without rest and how many hours a driver can be on the road every week. Unfortunately, drivers sometimes violate these rules. Long hours on the road can lead to decreased alertness and slower reaction times, making it more difficult for drivers to respond to unexpected road conditions or traffic patterns.

Distracted driving becomes particularly dangerous when large vehicles are involved.

In today’s connected world, distractions are ever-present. Truck drivers are not immune to the temptations of using mobile devices, eating, or even adjusting the radio while driving. These distractions can take a driver’s focus away from the road, increasing the risk of an accident.

Faulty parts and mechanical failure are a factor in many truck accidents.

Semi-trucks require regular maintenance to operate safely. If trucking companies do not properly maintain vehicles or if manufacturers supply faulty parts, mechanical failures such as brake failures or tire blowouts can occur. When a truck experiences a mechanical issue while in motion, the driver may lose control, leading to an accident. In fact, vehicle defects of any type make a truck three times as likely to be involved in a crash.

Improper loading can limit driver control.

The cargo a semi-truck carries must be properly secured and balanced. If the load shifts during transit, it can affect the truck’s stability and maneuverability. Improper loading is a significant factor in many truck rollovers and loss-of-control accidents.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident, identifying the factors that led to the accident can be vital in determining liability and seeking compensation. Understanding these risk factors and your legal options can be the first step in holding truck drivers and businesses responsible for their part in the accident.



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