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What are common causes of truck accidents

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2023 | Car Accidents, Truck Accidents

Any type of vehicle collision can result in the loss of personal property. However, some of the most severe crashes involve big trucks and passenger vehicles. These can not only result in a loss of the vehicle but a higher rate of death. The causes of semi-truck crashes vary, but a few occur at higher rates than others.

Gain some insight into the most common causes of big-truck crashes.

Road conditions

Truck drivers learn early on how to traverse roads of varying grades and curves. The weather can change and become a real problem for drivers, both in sight and in the way they handle these roadways. Construction can also prove a challenge for truck drivers and the way these rigs navigate through cones and closed lanes.

Driver error

The top cause of truck accidents is driver error. Truckers are human, and just like drivers of passenger cars, can have a lapse in judgment. Truckers especially are prone to exhaustion behind the wheel to keep up with the demands of their profession. Even with time use restrictions, truckers may fight fatigue more often. Distracted driving is still a leading cause of all car crashes, as is driving while intoxicated. Anything that rises to negligence may fall on the shoulders of the driver.

Mechanical malfunction

Trucks require routine maintenance to ensure that they are in good running condition. When a trucking company skips regular mechanical skips, it may lead to a crash. Brake maintenance is especially crucial to ensure a truck can stop.

Truck crashes are especially deadly since the size and weight of these vehicles can cause catastrophic damage to anything in their way.