In the recent years, the U.S. has seen a 20% annual increase in the number of truck accidents over the past decade. Due to the sheer size and weight of the trucks, most of the accidents result in severe injuries or fatalities. Truck drivers as well as other drivers need to use extra caution in the presence of these large vehicles. Even small driving errors could result in a catastrophe.
The 5 most common causes of truck accidents
Driver’s Error According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), driver’s error is ten times more likely to be the cause of truck crashes than any of the other factors. Most truck drivers understand the risks they face on the highway and take precautions to drive safely. However, not all drivers follow safety precautions, which could cause truck accidents. Driver’s error could be driver fatigue, failure to follow safety guidelines, inattention and distractions, substance abuse and failure to securely load the cargo. Any one of these factors can lead to unnecessary risks and a driver’s inability to react to the dangers on the roadways, thereby causing a truck crash. Failure of Equipment Truck equipment failure constitutes the second most common cause of truck accidents. Equipment failures can range from design and manufacturing errors to defective tires or failure to provide reverse-detection warning devices. It can also include mechanical issues such as insufficient maintenance of brakes or tires. Unfortunately, most trucking companies ignore the FMSCA rules and guidelines for trucks. Due to the massive size of trucks, when even one single part breaks down or malfunctions, it can affect the functionality of the truck, which can result in an accident. Weather Conditions Weather conditions play a major role in the safety of big trucks. Bad weather and unfavorable weather conditions increase the braking distance for trucks to. Big trucks cannot stop as quickly or steer as easily as other vehicles and therefore need an ample amount of distance to brake. The failure to accommodate to local weather and road conditions has led to innumerable trucking accidents each year. Improper Loading Improper loading can cause the truck to malfunction when moving. It results in the load being distributed unequally thus causing an imbalance. This causes the truck to topple over when it would otherwise remain upright. It can also lead to a load not being properly secured to the truck resulting in it falling off the truck and onto the roadways in the lanes of traffic. Inefficient drivers Specialized training is required for operating big trucks. By law, large truck drivers are required to have special licensing. They also need adequate training for defensive driving and the proper handling of safety concerns. An untrained driver may not know how to handle the truck efficiently, thus increasing the risk of accidents. Sometimes, the financial condition of the driver could also be the cause for truck accidents. If they are paid by the miles they drive, they may drive for too many hours without adequate rest which endangers the driver and the other drivers and passengers on the road.
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