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5 common causes of semitruck crashes

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2024 | Truck Accidents |

Semitruck crashes can be some of the most devastating incidents on the road. These wrecks are typically the result of a combination of factors involving the actions of a truck driver, other road users and mechanical and cargo-related issues.

For individuals who are involved in a catastrophic semitruck crash, determining the cause is often imperative because it makes it clear who should be named in legal action related to the collision. As such, understanding a few of the more common factors that contribute to semitruck crashes is important.

Trucker actions

A truck driver’s actions are often a primary factor in semitruck crashes. Fatigue is a significant issue because truckers may be on the road for extended periods. Distracted driving, including using electronic devices, eating or contacting dispatch, is another common cause. Aggressive driving behaviors like speeding, tailgating and unsafe lane changes may also lead to wrecks.

Other driver actions

The actions of other drivers on the road can also contribute to crashes involving semitrucks. Unsafe maneuvers around semitrucks, like cutting them off or driving in their blind spots, can lead to collisions. Misjudging a truck’s speed and distance and reckless driving behaviors near trucks also heightens the risk of crashes.

Loose cargo

Improperly secured cargo can lead to dangerous situations on the road. If cargo shifts or falls off a truck, it can create hazards for other vehicles. Proper cargo securement is essential to prevent these incidents.

Maintenance and equipment issues

Regular maintenance and proper functioning of truck equipment are crucial to prevent crashes. Regular inspections and maintenance are required to ensure all truck parts are in good working condition. Issues like brake failure, tire blowouts and malfunctioning lights or signals can lead to hazardous situations.

Trucking company policies

Trucking companies are required to follow strict regulations regarding vehicle maintenance, driver training and rest periods. If a company fails in these duties, it may be held accountable for crashes caused by its negligence.

Victims of crashes with semitrucks may be in a position to pursue a compensation claim to help cover the expenses of the wreck. This is a complex undertaking, so seeking legal guidance is generally wise.

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