What are some of the top causes of truck accidents?

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | Truck Accidents

Driving around large trucks makes many drivers nervous. The large size and weight of trucks means it’s often more difficult to drive near them or maneuver around them.

There are many common causes of truck accidents on the busy roads of Massachusetts. But what is one of the top causes?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, driver error is a primary factor in truck accidents. It is 10 times more likely to be the reason for a truck accident than any other factor.

Common types of driver errors

There are several different types of truck driver errors. Distracted driving, drowsy driving and speeding are some of the most seen errors.

Spending several hours driving makes most people drowsy. Stopping for a rest break is recommended, but sometimes truck drivers may skip required meal or rest breaks to make a deadline.

Missing a deadline is another reason truck drivers may speed, drive too fast for conditions or follow other drivers too closely.

When it comes to distracted driving, truck drivers can be distracted by anything inside or outside their vehicle.

Using a phone, adjusting a navigation system and eating or drinking are examples of distracted driving activities inside a vehicle, while looking at scenery or other vehicles are examples of distractions outside a vehicle.

Lack of training contributes to many accidents

Sometimes truck drivers simply act negligently and cause an accident. Driving a large truck is challenging and drivers should be properly trained before taking the truck out on the road.

A truck driver might panic when encountering a difficult driving situation and lose control of their vehicle. Trucking companies have a duty to train their employees to avoid this kind of situation.

Know your options after a truck accident

When you are involved in a truck accident, you may not know where to turn. Treating your injuries and obtaining adequate medical attention should be a priority.

After that, you might begin to calculate your losses. Medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering are some of these losses that you could recover through a personal injury action for negligence.


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