Common Causes of Truck Accidents

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While trucks are highly regulated across the United States, and they cause fewer accidents than the average car, the accidents they get involved in can be catastrophic. Commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, can weigh anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds (more if they have an overweight permit). In 2014, around 88,000 large trucks were involved in vehicle crashes resulting in 111,000 injured.

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Small Automobiles

The number-one cause of truck accidents in the United States is passenger vehicles. While big truck drivers tend to be extremely careful drivers behind the wheel, thousands of other motorists don’t practice the same caution. Many accidents happen because drivers of small cars don’t understand the physics and lack of maneuverability of large trucks. While a small car can swerve out of the way if someone enters the lane unexpectedly, a large truck could topple over completely if it has to swerve to miss something. Large trucks tend to have a higher center of gravity, which is why they often tip over if they become unbalanced.

Truck Driving Errors

Distraction is one of the main reasons people get into car crashes. Truck drivers often work such long hours that driving fatigue becomes a real possibility. If you are tired, it gets harder and harder to react quickly to stimuli in the road. Talking on the phone or texting while driving also prevents drivers from fully paying attention to the road. In addition, a truck driver who hasn’t fully understood or wasn’t fully briefed on safety guidelines becomes a huge risk. Unsecured cargo, overloading, and speeding increase a truck driver’s chance of causing an accident.

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If you were injured by a reckless truck driver, you might be eligible for compensation. Truck accidents can cause extensive damage to your car and to yourself. Make sure you don’t pay financially for someone else’s mistake.

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