There are many different types of vehicles on the road. Trucks, however, tend to be the largest. This makes them the most dangerous. Because of their massive size, trucks can cause many accidents with other smaller cars on the road. These accidents can cause life-changing injuries and even death to the victims. When driving, it is important to understand how truck accidents can happen in order to avoid them.
The main causes of large truck accidents are as follows:
All drivers are subject to human error. While this is true, it is crucial to be extra cautious on the road to avoid accidents and injuries. Driving errors are a leading cause of truck accidents. This can include driving too fast, improper lane changes, making dangerous turns, and following other vehicles too closely.
Another common cause of truck accidents is failing to pay attention to the road. Distracted driving is a leading cause of any accident. Because of their size, trucks require a greater length to come to a complete stop. If the driver is not paying attention to the road, the driver may not be able to slow down or stop quickly enough to prevent an accident from happening.
According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS), the third leading cause of truck accidents is non-performance errors. If a truck driver is drowsy or drunk, there is a greater chance that the driver may cause an accident. This may also be the case if the driver suffers from a medical condition such as a heart attack, seizure, or stroke while driving.
When the truck itself or certain parts are defective and subsequently malfunction, it can cause an accident. When this happens, a third party can be held liable for the accident in addition to the driver. This can include the following parties:
- The motor carrier
- The maintenance contractor
- The cargo loading company
- The manufacturer of the vehicle or its parts
Roads are not always in the best condition. While it is important for drivers to pay attention to any potentially dangerous or hazardous conditions and drive accordingly, accidents can still happen. Some examples of poor conditions may include:
- Broken or crumbling concrete
- Large potholes
- Unmarked curbs
- Soft shoulders
- Oil slicks
- Missing guardrails
- Narrow lanes
- Sharp ramps
- Malfunctioning stoplights
Weather conditions can lead to accidents as well. This can include rain, snow, and heavy fog.
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