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Common causes of truck accidents

Motor vehicle accidents between two passenger vehicles can result in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. When an accident involves a commercial truck, the severity and likelihood of these injuries are drastically improved. When trucking fatalities have reached a 30-year long peak, it is important to know what is causing them. Five common causes of these accidents include:

Distracted driving

Truck drivers have a lot more on their console to manage than a passenger vehicle. Complicated trucking equipment, cell phones and eating can all take enough of a driver’s focus to cause an accident.

Fatigue

Truck drivers spend much more time behind the wheel than other drivers. When a driver spends 14 hours or more behind the wheel, it can cause them to lose focus of the road, drift into other lanes, or fall asleep behind the wheel.

Speeding

When truck drivers have a deadline to meet for their delivery, they may drive erratically by speeding. Speeding with tons of cargo in a truck means the driver has much less time to react to sudden hazards and may cause an accident because of it.

Imbalanced cargo

If the cargo inside the truck is not loaded correctly, it can become tough for a truck driver to maintain the vehicle. Strong winds can also push a poorly loaded vehicle over very easily, causing the truck to fall over and potentially crush other vehicles on the road.

Poor training

If the truck driver did not receive the proper training before they get on the road, there are any number of ways they can endanger those around them. This lack of training may be the responsibility of the trainer or the driver, but the other drivers are still the victim.

Do not take safety for granted

If you are on the road and find yourself near a commercial truck, remember that the driver is still capable of causing accidents like anyone else. Stay cautious and watch for signs that may indicate whether it is dangerous to drive near them.

 

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