Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents

Commercial truck accidents can have severe consequences for any passenger vehicles involved. The sheer size and weight of commercial motor vehicles easily dwarf that of even passenger vehicles that are relatively large, such as full-size SUVs. While every accident is different, there are certain factors that commonly lead to commercial truck accidents.

According to the most recent data available from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 415,000 crashes involving commercial vehicles in 2015. A large portion of commercial truck crashes result from truck driver errors. They may follow another vehicle too closely, speed, abruptly change lanes, or take other risky actions that end up causing accidents. Overcorrecting and not making wide enough turns or turning too sharply, situations that often involve less experienced drivers, also can result in truck accidents.

Another significant portion of commercial truck accidents is attributable to recognition errors by truck drivers, such as drowsy driving, inattentive driving, or distracted driving. Distractions occurs not only from cell phones and text messages, but also from GPS systems, talking on cell phones, adjusting radios, and eating. Distracted driving is the second leading cause of commercial truck accidents in the United States.

A fair amount of commercial truck crashes are not caused by any intentional or inadvertent driver actions. For instance, drivers may suffer heart attacks, strokes, or other medical conditions that leads them to cause collisions. Likewise, mechanical failures, tire blow-outs, brake failures, and truck malfunctions all can lead to serious trucking accidents. Weather conditions, such as ice, snow, fog, and heavy rain, also may contribute to commercial truck crashes in some cases. Finally, roadway conditions, such as large potholes, bumpy or uneven road conditions, debris, and narrowed lanes due to construction activities also can play a part in commercial truck crashes. We know how devasting the aftermath of an accident in which you or a loved one has suffered injuries can be. We are here to look at the facts of your case, apply the law, and build the strongest claim possible on your behalf. Contact Benjamin Law Firm, LLC, at (816) 322-8008 and set up an appointment to speak with us today.

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