Truck accidents are among the most serious and dangerous types of motor vehicle accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), large trucks accounted for 10% of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes in 2019. With that in mind, it’s important to understand the common causes of truck accidents and how to stay safe while sharing the roads with these large vehicles.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including driver negligence, mechanical failure, and hazardous road conditions.
Here are some of the most common causes of truck accidents:
- Driver Negligence: Truck drivers are often under pressure to meet tight deadlines and can be tempted to speed, drive while fatigued, or use their cell phones while behind the wheel. Driver negligence can also include failing to properly secure a load or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Mechanical Failure: Mechanical failure can be caused by improper maintenance or defective parts. This can include tire blowouts, brake failure, and steering system failure.
- Hazardous Road Conditions: Poor road conditions, such as potholes, can cause trucks to lose control. Other hazardous road conditions can include ice, snow, and rain, which can make it difficult for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles.
Staying Safe on the Road
When sharing the road with large trucks, it’s important to take extra precautions.
Here are some tips for staying safe:
- Give Trucks Plenty of Room: Trucks require more time and distance to slow down and stop, so it’s important to give them plenty of room. Make sure to leave a safe following distance between your vehicle and the truck in front of you.
- Be Aware of Blind Spots: Trucks have large blind spots, so make sure to avoid driving in them. If you can’t see the truck’s side mirrors, then the driver can’t see you.
- Don’t Tailgate: Tailgating is dangerous in any situation, but it’s especially dangerous when it comes to large trucks. Make sure to leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the truck in front of you.
- Be Cautious Around Intersections: Trucks often have difficulty maneuvering around tight corners, so be extra cautious when approaching intersections.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The Law Offices of John R. Mathias, P.A. can help those injured in truck accidents. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!