THE CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
It has been reported that, on average, truck drivers drive up to 3,000 miles per week. With this being said, it is no wonder trucks hauling heavy loads are a common sight on Texas freeways and highways. Due to the size of the trucks, these semi-trucks can be very dangerous to other drivers that share the road.
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What Actions Contribute to Truck Accidents?
Truck drivers commute cross-country every day. For this reason, truck accidents can occur to due to a number of reasons. Below is a list of some of the main causes of truck accidents.
- Drug Use: It has been reported that a high percentage of truck accidents have occurred as a result of the truck driver driving under the influence of both illegal and prescription drugs.
- Speeding: Although there are speed limits for truckers – ones much lower than for normal vehicles – many truck drivers speed to reach their destination faster.
- Traveling in Unfamiliar Areas: Truck drivers are required to travel through places they are not familiar with to reach their destinations. Due to traveling on unfamiliar roads, many truck drivers misjudge roads and cause accidents.
- Fatigue: As a result of traveling long distances for many hours, many drivers become fatigued. This can often result in a truck driver falling asleep at the wheel or a decrease in the truck driver’s reaction time.
- Distraction: Like other distracted driving cases, truck accidents often involve some sort of distracted driving such as eating, changing the radio, texting, talking on the phone, and rubbernecking.
- Failure to Use Turn Signals: Many truck accidents are caused by simple things such as forgetting to use a turn signal when switching lanes. Due to the size and heaviness of the load, a truck accident can be caused as a result of the truck side-swiping a normal vehicle.