Why do trucks crash?

On Behalf of | Aug 28, 2020 | Trucking accidents

What do car drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians have in common? They are all likely to come off worse if they are in a crash with a truck. Because trucks are by far the largest vehicles on the road, they are inherently the most dangerous to other road users.

There were over 4,000 fatal crashes involving trucks in 2017 and another 107,000 resulting in injuries, according to the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA).

These are some of the reasons that truck accidents occur:

  • Tire blowouts: Any vehicle can have a blowout. Trucks have far more wheels, so there is more chance of one tire blowing, which can be lethal if it flies into a person or vehicle.
  • Brake problems: Trucks take a lot of stopping. If the brakes are not kept in optimal condition, they may not slow the truck in time.
  • Poor loading: When loading a truck, it is essential to distribute the weight safely and ensure that everything is properly tied down. Failure to do so can make a truck more likely to tip.
  • Speeding: Going too fast reduces the ability to slow down when needed or maneuver to avoid an accident.
  • Distraction: The increase in technology has increased the number of distracted drivers on the roads in all vehicles. Truckers tend to have more gadgets in their cab than most.
  • Fatigue: Truckers work long hours, often with inadequate rest. If they drive while tired, it can reduce their reaction time and decision-making skills.

If you or a family member have been hit by a truck in North Dallas, you will be facing considerable medical costs. Seek legal help to understand the legal options available.