Causes of Truck Accidents
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Although trucks represent only 4% of all vehicles on the road, 12% of all fatal accidents involve a large truck, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) latest statistics; When a large truck is involved in an accident, it is more likely that someone will not only be hurt, but killed, and in 80% or more of cases, the person killed was in another vehicle besides the large truck; This is a good reminder to exercise caution when driving around semi trucks, but sometimes accidents occur despite our caution.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
The most common causes of truck accidents are:
- Improper lane change
- Rear-ending another vehicle
- Driver inattention
- Failure to yield right of way
In the FMCSA's Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS), driver-related factors were considered critical to 87% of crashes; More than any other cause, a bad decision by the truck driver was cited as the critical reason for a crash.
Less Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Equipment failure is a less common cause of truck accidents, being cited in 10% of crashes in the LTCCS.
Environment, and roadway factors were cited as critical reasons for only 3% of crashes in the LTCCS, but it should be noted that 24% of all fatal crashes in work zones involved a large truck.
Compared to passenger car drivers, truck drivers are much less likely to be cited for driving drunk in a fatal accident; Less than 1% of truck drivers were driving drunk when the fatal accident occurred, compared to 23% of passenger car drivers.
Getting Dangerous Drivers off the Road
With driver-related factors being such a large contributor to truck accidents, it is important that trucking companies properly screen and monitor their drivers. A truck accident lawsuit can help this, not only by giving trucking companies more incentive to screen their drivers, but also by preventing drivers from hushing up a dangerous accident.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a large truck accident, contact us today to schedule your initial free consultation.