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What are the most frequent causes of semi-truck accidents?

by | Jun 9, 2021

Even though we use the term “accident,” most truck crashes aren’t accidents at all. Rather, driver negligence, equipment malfunction, environmental factors, or a mix of all of three most commonly cause the accident.

“Driver error,” a broad category of actions that are under the direct control of the truck driver, is the leading cause of truck accidents.

  • Distracted driving
  • Tired or fatigued driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Aggressive driving
  • Speeding

On the other hand, occasionally a part of the truck or cargo hold will fail and cause a wreck. These instances may not be attributable directly to driver error, but various parties can still he held negligent for:

  • Manufacturing defects
  • Improper truck maintenance
  • Overloading cargo
  • Improperly securing or loading cargo

The impacts of both driver error and mechanical failures can be exacerbated by weather or road conditions, and they can lead to a number of different types of truck accidents.

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