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What Causes Trucking Accidents?

Wagner Reese

Trucking accidents can be much more dangerous and deadly than traditional passenger car crashes. Trucks typically weigh 30 to 40 times more than passenger cars, and as such, need 20 to 40% more road to come to a complete stop. This can make them dangerous hazards if it becomes necessary to stop suddenly or in adverse weather conditions. Learn the common causes of trucking accidents so you know what to look out for on the road.

Top Causes of Trucking Accidents

In a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), researchers found commons trends in trucking accidents.

Three major types of critical events directly led to an accident in many crashes involving large trucks:

  • Running out of travel lane, either into another lane or off the road.
  • Loss of vehicle control due to traveling too fast for conditions, cargo shift, vehicle systems failure, poor road conditions, or other reasons.
  • Colliding with the rear end of another vehicle in the truck’s lane.

Additionally, researchers discovered the top causes of trucking accidents include:

  1. Brake problems.
  1. Traffic flow interruption.
  1. Prescription drug use.
  1. Traveling too fast for conditions.
  1. Unfamiliarity with roadway.
  1. Roadway problems.
  1. Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk).
  1. Over-the-counter drug use.
  1. Inadequate surveillance.
  1. Fatigue.

Sadly, even though numerous federal and state regulations exist to mandate hours-of-service for truck drivers, many truck drivers exceed these recommended limits, either due to their own financial incentives for completing a trip on time or pressure from their employer. Either way, truck drivers frequently drive on the highway when they are fatigued, which leads to dangerous road conditions for other drivers.

If you have been injured in a trucking accident, we’re here to fight for your rights. Contact Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 for a free initial case evaluation.


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