Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration looked into the most common reasons for large truck accidents. The final report concluded that the top causes of big rig crashes were due to the following.
Driver error is by far the most common cause of all tractor-trailer crashes. There are countless reasons a driver could cause a truck traffic accident, but some of the most common factors include:
- Prescription or Illegal Drug Use
- Insufficient Distance Between Vehicles for Adequate Reaction Time
- Unfamiliarity with Roads
- Failure to Properly Check Blind Spots
- Driver Fatigue
- Illegal Traffic Maneuver
- Distracted Driving
- Road Rage
Truck Equipment Failure
Equipment failure is the second leading cause of all commercial vehicle crashes. This includes malfunctions in design and manufacturing. Some of the most common defects are on tires and brakes. Although it is always required to perform an inspection before hitting the road, not all truckers perform this pre-trip inspection, and those that do, can not always detect that there will be a problem on the highway.
Just like in car accidents, the weather has a large effect on road conditions and can easily be the cause of a tractor trailer accident. Because big rigs are so tall and heavy, wet or icy road conditions can cause dangerous driving conditions. The normal braking distance needed is often severely decreased, requiring truckers to have an increased reaction time. Unfortunately, drivers do not always take these factors into consideration when operating their truck, which often results in accidents and injuries.
A common factor most people do not consider is the improper loading of a truck's trailer. When a truck’s load is not equally distributed throughout the trailer, the uneven load can potentially cause the truck to malfunction, causing a wreck. The most common type of improper loading is a trailer being top heavy, which will ultimately result in the truck tipping over.
Most Common Truck Accident Injuries:
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