Causes of Trucking Accidents

What causes a trucking accident?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, accidents involving large trucks, tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers happen for a variety of reasons, and many of them point to a driver’s negligence. This includes:

  1. The driver travels out of their intended lane or off the road altogether.
  2. The driver loses control of their vehicle due to shifting cargo or a vehicle systems failure.
  3. The truck driver collides with the vehicle in front of them because they were traveling too closely.
  4. The truck driver is traveling above the speed limit or faster than the road conditions allow.
  5. The truck driver falls asleep, suffers a sudden medical event like a blackout or heart attack, or are physically impaired due to fatigue or drug use.
  6. The driver is inattentive, distracted by something inside or outside of the vehicle.
  7. The driver makes poor judgement calls, regarding speed, road conditions, adequate lookout, etc.
  8. The driver panics, overcompensates, or fails proper judgement when a quick response is necessary.