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Understanding the Potential Causes of the Thousands of Trucking Accidents That Happen Each Year

June 25, 2019

UNITED STATES – As reported online by, thousands of trucking accidents happen each year, raising concerns about the causes of such accidents and what can be done to reduce the rate of similar accidents in the future.*

Most truck drivers are law-abiding, safe drivers.  However, trucking accidents often result in severe injuries or deaths, especially given the large size of trucks.  Any collision, regardless of speed, can be catastrophic for any other vehicle involved in the accident.  Given the severity of injuries associated with trucking accidents, the trucking industry is highly regulated to ensure truck drivers are following all steps to reduce the incidence of trucking accidents.

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents have a variety of causes, with some of those causes being the fault of the truck driver, and others being the fault of another driver or drivers.  While trucking accidents can happen for any reason, the following common causes can lead to catastrophic injuries or death:

  • Driver fatigue;
  • Falling asleep at the wheel;
  • Low visibility;
  • Weather conditions;
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter medications);
  • Speeding;
  • Failure to yield;
  • Running a red light or stop sign;
  • Distracted driving (i.e., texting);
  • Poor training of truck drivers; and
  • Poor maintenance of trucks.

In the appropriate cases, trucking accidents require a thorough investigation to determine what went wrong. In some cases, accidents can happen that are beyond a driver’s control.  However, steps can normally be taken to help prevent an accident from happening. For example, truck drivers must adhere to state and federal regulations that require them to get a certain number of hours of sleep before starting a shift.  Such regulations are helpful, but additional work is needed to reduce the frequency of horrific, and sometimes fatal, trucking accidents from continuing to affect innocent victims every day.

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