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Causes of Truck Accidents
Accidents involving large trucks are among the most serious and most deadly in the United States. Each year, truck crashes kill over 5,000 people and injure almost 150,000 more on our nation’s roads and highways. Nearly 25 percent of auto vehicle deaths involve a large truck. Large trucks are involved in multiple-vehicle fatal crashes at twice the rate of passenger vehicles.
Driver fatigue. One of the recurring issues in truck accidents is driver fatigue brought on by driving long hours on the highway. When commercial drivers become fatigued from excessive daily and weekly work hours, they substantially increase the risk of crashes. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 750 people die and 20,000 more are injured each year due directly to accidents caused by fatigued commercial vehicle drivers.
Accidents caused by inexperienced drivers. Many trucking companies save money by using untrained, overworked, or inexperienced drivers. Employing these individuals can result in negligent driving and makes them more likely to overturn, jackknife or collide with passenger vehicles.
Turning. Large trucks need more room than passenger vehicles to turn. It is not uncommon for a large truck to use more than one lane to turn. This endangers vehicles in other lanes.
Runaway trailers. Sometimes, a trailer will disconnect from the truck, leaving all vehicles in its way in danger of a collision.
Defective parts. Sometimes, products have a defective design (the design is flawed so that it does not function as a normal consumer would expect it to perform). A tire that inexplicably blows out can indicate a defective design.
Unsecured loads. If load is improperly secured, it can fall off of an 18 wheeler, creating an obstacle course for other vehicles on the road.