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Causes of Trucking Accidents • San Antonio

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Truck Driver Negligence, Distraction, and Fatigue

There are numerous causes of accidents involving large trucks, but some are more common than others. Brake failure, traffic obstructions, and slippery roads are some of the outside factors than can cause a truck driver to lose control or collide with another vehicle. Since truck drivers travel great distances, they often find themselves in unfamiliar areas. When they do not know a route, they can’t anticipate sharp turns or sudden stops. This leads to many crashes where a truck driver was unable to slow down or maneuver their vehicle in time.

Though truck drivers have a tremendous responsibility for the safety of others, they do not always behave responsibly. A number of accidents trucking accidents are caused by texting, talking a on cell phone, or other distractions. Trucking companies sometimes encourage their drivers to press on even when they are exhausted or driving under dangerous conditions. And manufacturers may cut corners or turn a blind eye to defective equipment. Federal law has set strict regulations for maintenance and inspection, and clearly limited the number of hours a driver can be behind the wheel. The laws are in place to prevent equipment malfunctions and driver fatigue, yet both are still major causes of trucking accidents.

Common and Leading Causes of Trucking Accidents

In 2006, the US Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a comprehensive report detailing the various causes of trucking accidents. The “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” lists 10 critical issues for tractor-trailer, semi-truck, and 18-wheeler safety. According to this study, the top ten causes of trucking accidents and fatalities are:

  1. Brake problems were present in 29 percent of crashes.
  2. Traffic congestion or previous crashes
  3. Prescription drug use.
  4. 23 percent of accidents involved speeding.
  5. Unfamiliarity with roadway was cited in 22 percent of crashes.
  6. Roadway obstructions or hazardous weather conditions caused 20 percent of accidents.
  7. Disregard of traffic signals and devices.
  8. Over-the-counter drug use was responsible for 17 percent of accidents.
  9. Inadequate surveillance or supervision was a factor in 14 percent of crashes.
  10. In 13 percent of the all collisions, truck drivers were experiencing fatigue.

Determining Cause and Liability in a Trucking Accident

The particular causes of a trucking accident can be difficult to ascertain. To find out if truck driver negligence or a maintenance defect is to blame for a crash, attorneys and insurance companies will perform a thorough investigation. You need an experienced trucking accident lawyer to represent your interests in the investigation and make sure that incriminating evidence is not covered up or overlooked. Maintenance and inspection reports, hours of service logs, eye witness accounts, and more can serve to both determine the cause of a trucking accident and assign blame where it’s due.

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