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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Table of Contents

  1. Driver Error
  2. Truck Equipment Failure
  3. Weather Conditions
  4. Improper Loading
  5. Most Common Truck Accident Injuries

WHAT ARE THE 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 hazards.

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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 trucking accident, and some of the most common factors include:

  • 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 
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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

Like in car accidents, the weather has a large effect on road conditions and can easily cause a tractor-trailer accident. Because big rigs are so tall and heavy, wet or icy road conditions can cause dangerous driving conditions. The average braking distance needed is often severely decreased, requiring truckers to have an increased reaction time. Unfortunately, drivers do not always consider these factors when operating their trucks, resulting in accidents and injuries.

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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, resulting in the truck tipping over. Now that we’ve discussed the potential hazards drivers face daily, here are some common injuries both parties can sustain if involved in an accident.

Most Common Truck Accident Injuries

Truck drivers are always at a higher chance of an accident, resulting in injuries or fatalities. Take extra precaution when in the vicinity of a semi-truck to avoid afflictions such as:

  • Neck Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Bone Breaks and Fractures
  • Head Injuries and Concussion 
  • Death

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