There is almost no car accident worse than one involving a semi-truck. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles make most of them catastrophic.
While anything at any time can cause a crash, some may reoccur more often. Consider three of the most common causes of a truck crash.
1. Did the driver cause the crash?
Driver error is a frequent cause of semi-truck crashes. While truckers have to abide by certain time use restrictions, it does not mean that they do not often drive drowsy. Driving when exhausted can lead to a lower reflex rate and poor decision-making. Truckers may also become distracted by phones and other in-cab technology.
2. Was there a problem with the tires?
The tires on a semi-truck need frequent inspection. They tend to shed the tread and blow out if the pressure fluctuates or the tire wears out. A blown tire can cause a trucker to lose control and move all along lanes of traffic, striking vehicles. Tire tread may also kick back into traffic, and cause crashes that way.
3. Did the brakes fail?
When truckers do not monitor the brakes, the stopping mechanism may fail. This may cause the truck to careen out of control into traffic, especially in hilly regions. Drivers and trucking companies should check brakes frequently to prevent them from going out.
A truck accident can lead to death or catastrophic injuries. Trucking companies and drivers should keep good tabs on the vehicle’s mechanics, and truckers should minimize exhaustion and in-cab distractions.