Truck accidents in Arizona are often the result of:
- Drowsy driving: Truck drivers often have demanding schedules and may drive for extended periods without adequate rest, leading to fatigue. Drowsiness can significantly impair reaction time, judgment, and overall driving ability.
- Distracted driving: Common truck driver distractions include using a mobile phone, eating, and using a navigation system. These distractions take drivers’ attention away from the road and often lead to serious crashes.
- Impaired driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other substances is a significant risk factor for truck accidents. That’s despite efforts to screen truck drivers for drug use.
- Improper loading: Overloading trucks or improperly secured cargo can lead to imbalances. This can make a truck difficult to control and increase the risk of rollovers or cargo spillage.
- Equipment failure: Large trucks may experience brake failure, tire blowouts, steering issues, or other mechanical problems. Regular maintenance is crucial to prevent such issues.
- Inexperienced drivers: Inexperienced truck drivers may not be well-prepared to handle a large vehicle, especially in challenging conditions. Insufficient training in safety practices, vehicle operation, and load securing can lead to serious truck accidents.