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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

by The Brown Firm / May 26, 2016

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.

Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Driver Error

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:

What causes most truck accidents?
  • Prescription or Illegal Drug Use
  • Speeding
  • 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.

Weather Conditions

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.

Improper Loading

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.  Georgia Truck Accident Injuries

Most Common Truck Accident Injuries: 

  • Neck, Back and Spine Injuries
  • Bone Breaks and Fractures
  • Head Injuries and Concussion 
  • Death

Want to know more about Truck Accidents?  Check out the blog on what you should know about truck accidents.

Why hire an attorney after a truck accident? If you or someone you know has been an injured in a Truck Accident in Georgia or South Carolina, call our experienced Truck Accident Attorneys in Athens, Atlanta, Savannah, or Okatie, SC can help.  A truck wreck lawsuit could be difficult to pursue independently, so let our personal Injury lawyers, from The Brown Firm, help you file a claim against the negligent truck driver

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