Common causes of truck accidents

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Personal Injury

Commercial trucks are large, heavy, and have a huge presence on the road, all of which make them dangerous. Knowing why truck accidents occur is essential to implementing preventive measures and enhancing road safety.

While these incidents are usually sudden, some actions and situations increase the likelihood of a truck accident. Learn what these are here.

Long hours on the road

Driver fatigue contributes to thousands of truck accidents each year. Truck drivers often face demanding schedules, leading to long hours on the road without adequate rest. Fatigue impairs judgment and reaction times, increasing the risk of accidents.

Technology and distractions

With the prevalence of smartphones and in-cab technology, distractions are a significant concern for truck drivers. Texting, browsing the internet or adjusting GPS devices can divert their attention from the road, contributing to accidents.

Inspections and repairs

Failure to properly maintain trucks can lead to mechanical issues such as brake failure, tire blowouts or steering problems. Neglected inspections and repairs increase the likelihood of accidents caused by vehicle malfunctions.

Pressures to meet deadlines

Drivers have to meet deadlines and, as a result, often succumb to the temptation to exceed speed limits to reach their destinations on time. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to react to unexpected situations and significantly increases the severity of accidents.

Adverse weather challenges

Bad weather can make driving hazardous, especially for large trucks. Issues like slippery roads and limited visibility can increase the possibility of an accident. 

Learning about the most common causes of truck accidents can help ensure you stay safe on the road. If you are involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you have legal options. Knowing what these are is the first step in protecting them.