Trucks are formidable vehicles on roads and interstates. The size of trucks alone makes them incredibly dangerous. The difference in weight between an 18 wheeler and a passenger vehicle is staggering. The average passenger vehicle ways about 4,0000 pounds. An 18 wheeler can weigh in at up to 80,000 pounds. This means that cars are at a severe disadvantage when unfortunate enough to be in a truck accident. Due caution should always be taken when sharing the road with trucks to do as much as possible to avoid a truck accident.

Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Truck driver error: When truck drivers are not at the top of their game and take care on the road, people are injured in truck accidents. Driver error includes things like driving drowsy. Truck drivers spend long stretches of time on the road and driver fatigue leads to mistakes being made and a serious decrease in driver reaction time. Drunk driving and drugged driving among truck drivers is also all too common. Other common driver errors that lead to truck accidents include things like: failure to check blind spots, speeding, and failure to use turn signals.
  • Other vehicle driver error: Truck drivers are not the only ones whose driving errors lead to accidents. Passenger vehicles on the road are often the cause of these serious accidents. When another car fails to be aware of the truck’s blind spots or fails to take into account that trucks have severely limited braking and visibility restrictions due to the size of these vehicles, accidents happen. Driving in a truck’s blind spot or quickly changing lanes in front of a truck are common mistakes that lead to an accident
  • Poor truck maintenance: The wear and tear trucks take on every day is substantial. These vehicles can drive thousands of miles in a day and it takes a toll on the truck performance. That is why proper truck maintenance is key to making them as safe on the roads as possible. When trucks are not properly maintained, worn brake pads or other safety features in disrepair can cause accidents out on the road.
  • Poor truck maintenance: The wear and tear trucks take on every day is substantial. These vehicles can drive thousands of miles in a day and it takes a toll on the truck performance. That is why proper truck maintenance is key to making them as safe on the roads as possible. When trucks are not properly maintained, worn brake pads or other safety features in disrepair can cause accidents out on the road.
  • Inclement weather: Wet and icy roads are difficult driving conditions for any driver out there on the road. Because of the weight of trucks, they have decreased stopping times and cannot regain traction as quickly as smaller vehicles once it is lost. This means snow, sleet, and rain pose an increased threat to trucks and the vehicles traveling around them under these kinds of weather conditions. The threat of these weather patterns increases when a truck driver speeds or fails to utilize proper breaking techniques.

Truck accidents can leave those involved with traumatic injuries. Be safe out there on the road, especially when traveling near these oversized vehicles. Driving defensively and maintaining a safe distance from trucks can do a lot to keep you and everyone else safe, but sometimes accidents still happen. If you have been injured in a truck accident, we are here for you. Our attorneys dedicate themselves to pursuing our clients’ best interests. We fight to get you the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Contact us now!