While any accident can have serious, lifelong consequences, collisions with semi trucks and tractor-trailers can be even more severe. Due to the sheer size of these types of vehicles, they put other drivers and vehicles at risk. Insult to injury is that since many truck drivers are covered by their employers’ insurance policies, getting compensation for an accident turn into a time-consuming ordeal.
Here are the 7 most common causes of trucking accidents.
All vehicles have blind spots, but tractor-trailers have significantly larger blind spots than passenger vehicles. On trucks, blind spot areas include the space directly in front of the vehicle, directly behind the truck, and along each side. Sideview mirrors only cover a small area next to the truck, leaving a significant amount of area that is not visible to the driver. While it’s recommended that drivers stay out of a truck’s blind spot, it is still up to the driver to ensure that the area next to their truck is clear before switching lanes.
Many truck driver’s work under extremely difficult conditions, including long days and few breaks, which creates ideal conditions for driver fatigue. When combined with any of the other factors on this list, it can lead to fatal consequences for others on the roadways.
Poor Weather Conditions
Adverse weather can make driving difficult for anyone, and truck drivers aren’t immune to the effects of rain, snow, sleet, and fog. While experienced drivers can often slow down or change their driving habits to accommodate problematic weather, newer drivers may not yet know how to navigate in less-than-ideal weather conditions.
Improper Vehicle Maintenance
Tractor-trailers carry massive loads and cover substantial distances over the course of a month, so regular maintenance is crucial. If a company or owner-operator misses necessary maintenance, malfunctioning equipment can lead to a crash. For examples, brakes that aren’t changed frequently enough, transmissions in need of repair, and bald tires can all make a truck accident more likely on Texas roads.
Driving a tractor-trailer requires training and practice. Some companies put new drivers on the road before they’re truly ready, leaving drivers unable to handle situations that require immediate action.
Distracted driving is one problem that affects every part of the country, and is a contributing factor in many accidents involving passenger vehicles and trucks. Drivers who are distracted by a cell phone, eating and drinking, or the radio can easily cause crashes.
Improper Loading of Goods
With how much tractor-trailers carry, products must be properly loaded to avoid shifting goods that can throw off the balance of the truck. An overloaded truck or a truck that has been improperly loaded can make it difficult for a driver to retain control.
Get Help With Your Truck Accident
A truck accident can impact your health, ability to work, vehicle, and financial wellbeing. Letting an experienced truck accident lawyer handle your case can help you get the compensation you deserve.