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What are some of the top factors in truck accidents?

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2022 | Truck Accidents

As you try to navigate highways and other busy roads, you might not think much about how the negligence of a nearby truck driver can cause a serious accident.

There are several common factors that can influence a truck crash. Learning more about these factors may help you avoid an accident.

Medication usage

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a person who uses impairing drugs while also choosing to operate a truck is more likely to cause a collision. A truck driver may regularly take this medication and know the side effects but still ignore the possible dangers of this action.

A slower reaction time caused by fatigue, which can happen after taking illegal drugs or certain prescriptions, can make it harder for truckers to swerve out of the way in the event a car is suddenly in front of them.

Lack of directions or caution

When a trucker is trying to navigate new roads, they might not speed down enough to prevent a sudden crash. Hesitation or confusion over what exit to take or lane to switch to can lead to a mistake.

They may also assume that other people will stop for them since they are in the bigger vehicle. Not showing caution in bad weather conditions is another source of danger.

Handling problems

If a trucker’s brakes suddenly go out or they lose control of the vehicle, the vehicle may not be able to avoid an accident. A truck could even flip over and crash into a car on the road near them.

Injuries from an accident with a negligent trucker can be catastrophic. Understanding the common causes of truck accidents can help you as you prepare your personal injury case.