What are the factors that give way to truck crashes?

A few years back, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) commissioned a study into the causes of tractor-trailer crashes. Researchers who took part in the "Large Truck Crash Causation Study" were able to identify 12 different factors that contributed to increased collision rates.

One of the most common reasons for truck crashes was found to be a loss of control that comes after some type of sudden, traumatic event. The researchers found that tire blowout often caused the trucker to lose such significant control of the truck that regaining control was not an option, thus resulting in a crash.

Instances in which the roads were in poor condition, either because of inadequate maintenance or weather factors, were also found be contributing factors to crashes. Truckers, driving at excessive speed in these instances, were at even higher risk for crashing.

A motorist entering into the trucker's lane or a trucker venturing into someone else's, causing a crash, is also common. Tractor-trailer operators losing control of their trucks while attempting to move around an impasse or navigate a turn was shown to happens more often than it should have as well.

Situations in which the truck's engine stalls or another car stalls account for a significant number of truck crashes. Traveling into the shoulder of the roadway or shifting cargo account for two additional causes of tractor-trailer crashes.

The only remaining, significant cause of truck accidents is listed as fatigued driving. A federal report released in 2010 suggests that it only plays a role in one-and-a-half of all fatal truck crashes.

Missing from this list is distracted driving. At the time the DOT commissioned this study, cellphone use and texting was only starting to becomes as popular as it's become today. If this study were redone, it would evidently take a rightful place on this list.

If you've been seriously injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer, a Vista, California, truck accident attorney may advise you of your right to file an injury lawsuit in your case.

Source: Truck Driving Jobs, "Truck driving accidents: Causes, fatalities, statistics and costs," accessed Dec. 15, 2017

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