What Contributes To Truck Accidents?
Given the sheer size of tractor-trailer vehicles and other trucks on the road, it’s not surprising that most truck accidents result in severe injuries or fatalities. Truck accidents often occur on the highways, where over-the-road drivers are traveling long distances in order to get their jobs done, but they also can occur at busy intersections, along country roads or even in parking lots.
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Most Common Causes Of Accidents Involving Trucks
Truck accidents are relatively common, especially in the Denver area. These are a few of the most common causes of truck accidents:
- Speeding — Speeding is a great temptation while driving, especially when on the fast-moving Denver highways or maneuvering through the winding roads near the mountains. Truck drivers are not immune to this temptation, and nearly 25 percent of all accidents involving trucks are caused by speeding. This is particularly alarming, consider that large trucks traveling at higher rates of speed are going to cause more significant damage in an accident.
- Alcohol and drug use — More than 26 percent of truck accidents are the result of truck drivers who could not react quickly enough due to the prescription medications or illicit drugs that were in their system at the time. Drunk driving also happens far too often.
- Fatigue — Truck drivers who are tired from the endless hours of driving may be easily distracted or may not realize that they are drifting into another part of the road. In fact, it is not uncommon for truck drivers to fall asleep behind the wheel, especially if they are working an overnight shift. Fatigue is estimated to cause about 13 percent of all car accidents that involve trucks, and these accidents can lead to serious injuries or even fatalities.
- Distracted driving — Mobile technology and electronics have transformed the way that people live, including how they operate vehicles. Texting while driving, talking on the phone while driving and even checking social feeds while driving is becoming more common with each passing day. Even truck drivers, who need to use advanced driving techniques to operate their massive vehicles, can easily give into the temptation to send a quick text while driving.
- Aggressive driving — Like all other drivers on the road, truck drivers can become frustrated and agitated while driving. Unfortunately, some truck drivers can take out their frustrations in the form of aggressive driving. Aggressive driving is the cause of about 7 percent of motor vehicle crashes involving trucks.
- Improper driving techniques — Truck drivers need to undergo extensive training in order to operate their vehicles, but many times the accidents that involve trucks are the result of basic mistakes while driving. Truck drivers who fail to use their turn signals, for example, can quickly cause accidents because drivers in the other lane are not anticipating that the vehicle will be moving over. In addition, truck drivers who do not check their blind spot before moving into the next lane may collide with a vehicle that they could not see.
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