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What are some of the common causes of truck accidents?

Trucking accidents are caused by a variety of reasons. Many fall under the general categories of maintenance/mechanical failure, driver error/inattention, or fatigue/substance abuse. More specific causes of semi-tractor trailer collisions include:

  • Aggressive or Reckless driving
  • Improperly Pulling Out/ Creating a Roadway Obstruction
  • Wide Turns/ Off-Tracking
  • Blind Spots/Failure to install blind-spot mirrors
  • Defective brakes/ Brake Failure
  • Bald tires
  • Electrical System Failure
  • Unsteady loads/ Poor Cargo Securement
  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Fatigue/ Sleep deprivation
  • Unrealistic Schedules/ Speeding or Hours of Service Violations
  • Failure to inspect tires, brakes and lights
  • Tailgating
  • Long work-shifts
  • Cell phone use/ Distracted Driving
  • Jackknifing/ Rollover
  • Speeding and ignoring reduced truck speed limit

But the list is almost endless.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates these giants because of the complexity of the vehicles themselves, and the danger that they present to the public, when not properly maintained or operated.

William J. Ervin, Jr. (Joe)
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