Trucking accidents can be caused by equipment failure in either the truck or another vehicle that collides with the truck. However, more often than not, trucking accidents are caused by driver error. Here is a quick list of common causes of trucking accidents.
Caused by the Truck Driver
- Driver fatigue. Truck drivers often have to drive long distances. If a truck driver fails to follow sleep requirements, then they may fall asleep at the wheel. This is the most frequent driver-caused truck accident type.
- Poorly trained driver. Because trucks are more difficult to drive than the average passenger vehicle, truck drivers need special training and licenses to operate trucks.
- Disobeying traffic laws. Speeding in order to get somewhere faster may result in more accidents, especially in heavy traffic situations.
- Drugs, alcohol, or other kinds of negligence. These kinds of behavior can impair a truck driver's perception and reaction time.
Caused by the Passenger Vehicle Driver
- Driving in a blind spot. Trucks commonly have warning signs that say that if you can't see their mirrors, then they can't see you. Because trucks are larger than passenger vehicles, truck drivers have a more difficult time seeing their blind spots.
- Unsafe lane changes. Truck drivers need to keep track of surrounding vehicles at all times so they don't hit them.
- Not giving trucks room to change lanes. Trucks are long and need a lot of room to change lanes.
- Not accounting for wide turns. Trucks have to make wide turns in order to successfully complete a right turn. If passenger vehicles don't anticipate this, then they may try to sneak past a truck on the right side, which may result in an accident.
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