Most truck accidents are due to driver error and negligence. This type of wreck often involves one or more of these contributing factors:
- Fatigue. Driving for extended periods of time without taking breaks can cause a driver to become fatigued, leading to reduced reaction times, impaired judgment, and other dangerous driving behaviors.
- Distracted driving. Truck drivers may be distracted by their phones, radios, or other devices, leading to inattention.
- Speeding. Driving at excessive speeds can make it more difficult for a truck driver to stop or maneuver the vehicle, increasing the likelihood of a crash.
- Aggressive driving. Tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, or failing to yield can raise the risk of a collision.
- Impaired driving. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can impair a driver's ability to operate a truck safely. Drowsy or fatigued driving is a form of impaired driving, too.
- Failure to maintain or inspect the truck. A lack of maintenance can result in mechanical malfunctions or other issues like brake failures and tire blowouts.
- Inadequate training. If a truck driver has not received proper training they may not know how to properly operate the vehicle or respond to certain driving situations.
- Improper lane changes. A trucker’s failure to signal, check mirrors or blind spots, and yield to other vehicles can lead to collisions and underride accidents.
- Negligent hiring. If a trucking company hires a driver with a history of accidents or safety violations, the company may be held liable if the driver causes an accident.