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Causes of truck accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 25, 2022 | Trucking Accidents |

On the roads of Ohio, trucks are some of the most potentially dangerous vehicles that you will encounter. Because trucks have so much mass and speed, accidents involving trucks can be very risky for truck drivers as well as others on the road.

Most common reasons behind crashes

There are several common causes of trucking accidents. The largest by far, in terms of the number of accidents it causes, is driver error. This might be something basic like misjudging braking distance to something more severe like drowsiness at the wheel. These errors only need to cause distraction for a moment to lead to an accident, especially in situations where there is a lot of traffic around the truck driver. In some cases, drivers might have addiction or substance issues that manifest in symptoms that affect their driving.

There are other causes of truck accidents that lead to problems. Sometimes, it is driver training that is the problem. The training might be too short or fail to cover enough situations to prepare the driver, leaving them unable to deal with something that happens on the road.

Causes of crashes do not need to be related to the driver. Equipment failure of different kinds can cause a truck to lose control and crash. Sometimes, it is the trucking companies that are at fault; they overload trucks or max out schedules, creating an unsafe situation. All of these causes can individually or together lead to truck accidents.

Drivers need to be aware of all the forces and factors that can potentially lead to a truck accident. Due to the impact a truck can have, the potential for serious injury after an accident is high.