Causes of Truck Accidents

Causes of Truck Accidents

Accidents involving large trucks often result in extensive damage. The size of semi-trucks, and the speed at which they travel, can make other drivers very susceptible to injury if they collide with a truck — the majority of cars are not equipped to handle an accident with a semi-truck.

Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • A tired, distracted, or unskilled driver – Often, the negligence of a truck driver is directly at fault for a collision. Truck drivers can travel for hours every day, contributing to significant, and potentially dangerous, fatigue. Driving a semi-truck requires a great deal of skill, and an inexperienced driver can make mistakes that endanger others. Distracted driving is just as hazardous in a truck as it is behind the wheel of any vehicle.
  • The condition of the truck – If a semi-truck is not properly maintained, the lack of repairs can result in accidents. Like any vehicle, a malfunctioning engine, breaks, or other system can cause the driver to lose control and get in an accident.
  • Weight that is not distributed correctly – An important component of proper truck handling is loading cargo in a way that evenly distributes the weight of the items. If a truck is not properly loaded, the uneven weight distribution can cause issues for the driver, or make the truck jack-knife. Jack-knifing is when an unevenly weighted trailer bends; this can, in some cases, propel the truck to spin around.

Injuries sustained in truck accidents are often similar to those of car accidents, but more severe. This can include injuries affecting the neck, back, brain, and spinal cord.

How Many Accidents are Caused by Semi-Trucks?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute, 4,102 people were killed in collisions involving semi-trucks in 2017. Semi-truck accident deaths accounted for 11% of all vehicle collision deaths in that year.

Contact Cantor Injury Law, LLC if you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck. Call (314) 485-4005 or send us a message to schedule a free initial case evaluation.

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