Trucking plays a crucial role in our economy, delivering goods across the country day in and day out. However, this industry’s importance doesn’t negate the fact that semitruck accidents can lead to serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.
By understanding the common causes of these crashes, everyone can promote safer roads for everyone.
1. Driver fatigue
Long hours on the road can lead to driver fatigue, a significant contributor to semi-truck crashes. Regulations limit driving time and mandate rest periods, but fatigue can still set in, particularly during long, monotonous stretches of highway.
2. Distracted driving
Distractions are a risk for all drivers, but they can have particularly disastrous consequences when a semitruck is involved. Whether it’s a phone, a GPS or even a sandwich, anything that takes the driver’s attention off the road can contribute to an accident.
3. Speeding and reckless driving
Semitrucks require much more distance to stop than smaller vehicles. When a truck is speeding, stopping distances increase, raising the potential for collisions. Reckless maneuvers, like unsafe lane changes, also contribute to accidents.
4. Equipment failure
Semitrucks are complex machines that require regular maintenance. If parts are not adequately inspected, repaired or replaced, equipment failure can occur, leading to crashes. This includes failures related to brakes, tires, steering components and more.
5. Improper loading
The way a truck’s cargo is loaded can significantly impact the vehicle’s stability and maneuverability. Overloading or improper distribution of weight can lead to rollovers or loss of control.
6. Poor weather conditions
Rain, snow, fog or icy conditions can make controlling a semitruck challenging, even for experienced drivers. Failure to adjust to these conditions can lead to serious accidents.
The impact of these accidents on victims and their families can be devastating. Victims of these crashes may decide to seek compensation for the damages they’re facing.