Five Leading Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Avoid Accidents with Large Trucks
Perhaps out of all the legal injury cases we handle as a firm, accidents involving large commercial trucks are the most devastating. It is simple to see just how trucking crashes can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death. The driver and passengers of smaller, traditional vehicles are unfortunately far more likely to experience life-altering effects from the accident. We should all make strides to avoid collisions with trucks at all costs. Below are the five most common reasons that these accidents happen. We hope that by reading this article, you will see warning signs and potential safety risks.
Driver Errors and Mistakes
Despite having a boosted responsibility, and a special license to drive securely, truck drivers make mistakes just like any other driver. Commercial truckers might be driving sluggish, drive while intoxicated or on drugs, or under the influence of medications. They can also go distracted while talking or texting on a cell phone. Drivers can also drive recklessly, either making maneuvers without warning or driving too fast for road or weather conditions. Research studies show that the majority of trucking crashes created by motorist error are due to the passenger vehicle (78%), and only (22%) of accidents result from the semi-truck driver. This should remind us all to stay vigilant around trucks, including keeping a safe distance, staying out of blind spots, and using our turn signals to let the trucker know what we will do.
Poor Automobile Upkeep
To keep up with the immense wear and tear these vehicles take, trucking companies, their maintenance staff, and the drivers need to maintain their fleet regularly. It’s the driver’s obligation to examine their gear at the start of every shift and keep an updated and accurate automobile maintenance record. When these vehicles are not properly inspected, safety issues can arise, or the car could fail at crucial times, creating a collision with other cars.
Trucking Equipment Failure
Low fleet maintenance isn’t the only point that can cause a truck’s tools and equipment to fail when they are needed most. Tool manufacturers might be guilty of negligence should a part’s manufacturing result in a faulty or hazardous build. Parties that might be accountable for malfunctioning parts in a trucking crash consist of the components supplier, vehicle supplier, or the trucking company that sold the truck. In some cases, the installer or mechanic that made component fixings could also be held responsible.
Inclement Weather Conditions
Harsh weather conditions and poor climate can toss a trucker for a loop if they are not properly trained and prepared for specific conditions. Rainfall, snow, heavy winds, and ice can be particularly tricky for truckers to drive on. This is because the heavyweight can result in slower stopping times and longer distances for these vast vehicles. Semi-truck operators need to ensure they are driving at safe speeds for all the obstacles they can face on the road. This will help avoid things like skidding, hydroplaning, or jackknifing.
Improper Cargo Loading
Truckers and their cargo packing teams need to abide by industry-specific regulations when filing the bed of a commercial trailer vehicle. A specific weight, size, length, and width limitations depend on the items’ nature being shipped. In addition to these regulations, there are unique approaches necessary for protecting cargo for transportation. Mistakes or negligence throughout loading procedures can make large amounts, sometimes tons of items fall off the rig, into roadways and highways. Every year, trucks cause accidents by losing their loads or spilling onto the pavement.
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