Because of the size and weight of a semi-truck and its load, crashes involving these large vehicles can be devastating. In the aftermath of a crash, people may be left wondering why this accident occurred. What commonly causes trucking accidents?
Issues With The Braking System
Nearly one-third of accidents involving large commercial vehicles involve issues with the braking system. Whether due to poor maintenance, faulty equipment or a risky decision on the part of the driver, brake failure prevents drivers from effectively stopping or slowing their vehicle.
Drivers rely on truckers to employ good judgment and to safely operate their vehicle. However, many trucking accidents are the result of errors made by the person behind the wheel. This can result from driving faster than conditions allow, lack of familiarity with the area, following other drivers too closely, making illegal turns or lane changes, distraction and many other issues.
Drowsy drivers are dangerous in any motor vehicle, but the size of a semi-truck makes drowsy truckers even more dangerous. Many factors may contribute to this. Drivers may violate hours of service regulations to meet deadlines or feel pressure from their company to drive longer than they should. Moreover, truck drivers over 10 times more likely than other people to have sleep apnea, a condition that can leave them less rested after sleeping.
Thankfully, people impacted by trucking accidents can identify the issues that caused the crash and take legal action. This allows many people and families to get the financial support they need after a trucking accident.