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
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.