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What are the most common causes of truck accidents?

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2022 | Trucking Accidents

Huge trucks are a regular staple on roads throughout Arkansas. Due to their prevalence, it’s only natural that some get into serious collisions. Depending on various circumstances, the truck driver, trucking company or other parties may be at fault for truck accidents.

Truck accidents caused by truckers or trucking companies

The trucker is at fault for a trucking collision when they commit some type of driver error. Disregarding the need to give plenty of extra space between the truck and the vehicle ahead is a common example; huge trucks require added buffer room to safely stop due to their unique braking systems. If the trucker follows too closely behind a car, it can result in a rear-end crash or even a multiple-vehicle accident.

Distracted driving on the part of the truck driver is a common cause of truck accidents. If the trucker’s attention is elsewhere even for a few seconds, it can lead to a disaster as they lose control of the vehicle. They don’t have enough time to react to a situation and slow down, stop or maneuver to avoid hitting another vehicle.

An issue that can lead to a truck accident is one that the trucker cannot control: the truck driver experiencing a medical emergency such as a stroke, heart attack or stroke can quickly result in a severe wreck and fatalities.

The trucking company is sometimes liable for an accident as well. The company is responsible for adequately training its drivers to ensure they can safely operate the truck. It’s also in charge of properly maintaining the truck to safety standards, but if any part of the vehicle malfunctions and an accident occurs, the trucking company could be held liable. Cargo should also be properly secured and the truck must not exceed federal weight limits.

Truck accidents caused by other drivers

Drivers of other vehicles are sometimes to blame for a truck accident. Speeding, tailgating, erratically switching lanes and other forms of reckless or aggressive driving are all examples of how other drivers can cause an accident involving a truck.

Truck accidents are among the most deadly and can destroy lives.