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The Primary Causes of Trucking Accidents

May 23, 2019

While most truckers are highly trained and responsible drivers, a select few cause serious and sometimes fatal accidents.  According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), some of the main causes of truck accidents are as follows:

  • Speeding. A truck takes much longer than a passenger vehicle to stop.  If a trucker exceeds the speed limit, they may not be able to stop in time to avoid an accident.
  • Driving while fatigued.  According to federal law truckers are limited in terms of the amount of time they can drive per day.  A trucker who ignores these requirements often because of pressure to complete a delivery may cause serious and sometimes fatal accidents without the right amount of rest to safely operate a truck.  A trucker suffering from fatigue has a reduced reaction time, which is a common cause of trucking accidents.
  • Drug use. Truckers are required to drive for long distances, which can influence some to take medications to help them stay awake.  
  • Distractions. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of accidents.  Truckers, like any other driver, sometimes fall prey to distractions such as using a cellphone, eating and drinking.
  • Mechanical issues.  According to the FMCSA, twenty percent of trucks did not pass a roadside inspection as a result of violating a vehicle safety standard back in 2016.  Common violations include not having operable lamps on a truck, a failure to repair and maintain a truck, not having had a recent inspection, brakes that fail, and degraded tires.
  • Cargo issues. If a truck is improperly loaded or exceeds the maximum weight limits, it could suddenly shift and fall out of the truck, potentially leading to a serious accident.  
  • Violating safety rules. Both Georgia state law and federal law impose strict requirements for operating large 18-wheelers.  A violation of these laws could lead to serious and sometimes fatal accidents.

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Category: Truck Accidents

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