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What are common causes of truck accidents?

These blogs are posted on behalf of Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid, LLC, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

Commercial trucks such as delivery trucks and tractor-trailers present unique risks to drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles. These huge and unwieldy vehicles can cause a drastic amount of property damage and injuries in accidents. Seemingly insignificant errors can result in major consequences. 

If you drive a smaller vehicle or even ride a motorcycle, you must be extra cautious and alert while in the presence of large trucks. Avoiding and preventing crashes also requires knowing what is most likely to cause truck collisions

Fatigue

Many truck drivers operate their vehicles for many hours with minimal rest. This is usually due to demands from trucking companies to deliver goods in short periods of time. When truck drivers are under such pressure, they may get little sleep. This results in fatigue and tiredness that causes impaired coordination and loss of concentration. Some truck drivers even end up falling asleep at the wheel. 

Substance use

Some truck drivers partake in criminal behavior, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Even prescription drugs, such as opioids and anti-depressants, can result in significant impairment. These substances can impair coordination and judgment, easily leading to traffic accidents. 

Inadequate training

Legally, truck drivers have to undergo training and meet strict requirements before they can operate huge commercial vehicles. Unfortunately, not every driver receives the proper training or certification. A driver with little experience can put you at risk on the road. 

Distracted drivers

There are plenty of possible distractions for truck drivers, especially when they need to drive long distances for many hours. Truck drivers easily get bored and may look for distractions to keep themselves occupied. Use of cellphones is one of the most common distractions, whether it involves texting, making phone calls or using apps. Other truck driver distractions include changing the radio, looking at maps, eating and grooming. 

This blog entry was posted on behalf of Hof & Reid, LLC, and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

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