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What are the common causes of truck accidents?

Large truck accidents injure and kill a significant number of people every year in the United States. In 2015 alone, 4,311 large trucks were involved in deadly accidents, which is an 8 percent increase from 2014. Sadly, many of these accidents are preventable. By understanding what causes truck accidents, you may be able to avoid becoming the victim of a negligent truck driver.

One of the most common causes of large truck accidents is drowsy, drunk and distracted truck drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Truckers who attempt to stay awake behind the wheel in an attempt to earn a larger paycheck or to meet a tight deadline, put other peoples’ lives in danger. Truckers may fall asleep behind the wheel and fail to hear safety devices warning them that they are approaching slowed traffic. Distracted truckers also pose a threat, as they are unable to see what is going on while they are watching their cellphones or engaging in another task.

Bad weather conditions can cause an increase in truck accidents, as large truck drivers must be extremely careful when operating their vehicles in the snow, rain, fog, ice and wind. The height of trucks alone make them susceptible to blowing over in high winds. Trucks can also jackknife or skid if they are going too fast for the weather conditions.

Poorly distributed loads and vehicle malfunctions may be responsible for causing an accident as well. Although tractor trailers are held to certain maintenance regulations, some are not taken care of property and run the risk of breaking down on the road.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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