Every 16 minutes, someone is hurt or killed in a truck accident. This number illustrates how important it is for all drivers to be cautious and take the necessary steps to protect themselves on the road. Many different factors can contribute to a trucking accident, some of which are described in more detail below.
3 Common Causes of Truck Accidents
1. Trucker Error
An accident can spring from any number of mistakes on the part of the driver. Driving carelessly or recklessly, driving while fatigued, and driving while distracted or impaired can all lead to accidents. Specific laws dictate how long a trucker is allowed to drive before taking a break, as well as how many hours between shifts a driver should receive to get adequate rest. If a law is broken and it results in an accident, victims may have a legal case against the trucker or their trucking company.
We all know that driving a passenger car in inclement weather can be a challenge; now imagine driving a semi-truck in such conditions. Bad weather, including heavy rain, snow, or ice, is a leading cause of truck accidents and can make visibility difficult, roads slippery, and general driving conditions extremely hazardous.
3. Truck Failure
A semi-truck is a sophisticated machine that requires regular upkeep and maintenance. Just like passenger cars, trucks sometimes break down or have other mechanical issues. A brake failure, tire blowout, and broken headlight or taillight are examples of faulty truck equipment that can precipitate a serious accident.
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