It’s easy to see why trucking accidents are often fatal—trucks are much larger than the average passenger cars, and they often carry heavy or hazardous loads. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, large trucks are involved in more fatal crashes than passenger vehicles. Because we frequently share the roads with trucks, it’s important to understand the leading causes of fatal trucking accidents:
- Trucker Fatigue. This is often cited as a leading cause of trucking accidents. Truckers drive long hours, frequently under pressure from their company to move quickly. This can result in distraction while driving, leading to a dangerous situation.
- Speeding. Speeding can be the fault of either a passenger car driver or a trucker, but regardless, it’s a likely cause for a trucking accident. Truckers may drive too fast to meet a deadline, while personal vehicles may habitually drive over the speed limit.
- Risky Driving By Passenger Vehicle. Drivers must exercise caution while sharing the road with large trucks. These vehicles can’t maneuver or stop nearly as quickly as cars can, so when a car cuts off a truck, drives in-between two trucks, or passes a truck unsafely, the driver is putting everyone at risk.
- Blind Spots. A passenger car driver should be aware of a trucker’s blind spots in the rear and sides of the truck. When a trucker doesn’t know that a car is there, it can cause an unintentional accident.
- Substance Abuse. While drunk driving accidents are unfortunately common in passenger vehicles, other types of substance abuse are a more likely problem among truck drivers. The long hours on the road may lead some truckers to use drugs to stay awake artificially, resulting in poor judgment calls.
Armed with this information, you can make sure that your driving habits aren’t putting you at higher risk for a motor vehicle accident. If you’ve been involved in a serious trucking accident and feel that the other party was at fault, then contact The Carlson Law Firm. Call us at (888) 335-7492 to set up a consultation.