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3 common causes of truck accidents

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2024 | Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are a major cause of injury and even fatalities on roads across the United States. While truck drivers are among the best-trained and regulated drivers on the road, accidents involving trucks often occur due to a combination of factors, including driver error. s

The following are some of the most common causes of truck accidents in Kansas and across the United States.

Driver fatigue

Truckers are often required to cover long distances in a limited amount of time, leading to extended hours behind the wheel. Despite regulations limiting driving hours and mandating rest breaks, driver fatigue remains a significant issue. Fatigue can impair reaction times, decrease alertness and increase the likelihood of errors on the road, making it a leading cause of truck accidents. Factors such as irregular sleep schedules, demanding delivery deadlines and monotonous stretches of highway exacerbate the risk of fatigue-related incidents among truck drivers.

Mechanical failures

Due to the weight they pull and the distances they travel, commercial trucks undergo significant wear and tear on their mechanical components. Mechanical failures such as brake malfunctions, tire blowouts, steering system issues or engine problems, can occur unexpectedly and contribute to accidents. These failures may result from inadequate maintenance, manufacturing defects or the aging of truck parts. Even minor mechanical issues can have catastrophic consequences when they occur at high speeds or on busy highways, posing a serious threat to both truck drivers and other motorists.

Poor weather conditions

When truckers encounter poor weather conditions such as rain, snow, ice, fog or strong winds, the risk of accidents significantly increases. Reduced visibility, decreased traction and unpredictable road conditions make it challenging to control large commercial vehicles safely. In inclement weather, stopping distances are longer, maneuverability is compromised and the likelihood of skidding or hydroplaning is heightened.

Victims of truck accidents can seek compensation through legal action against the responsible parties, such as the truck driver or trucking company, to cover their damages and losses. Seeking legal guidance is a good way to get started.