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What Causes Truck Accidents?

Truck accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, but there are common trends among them that continue to put other motorists on the road at risk. Get the facts on the common causes of truck accidents so you know how to protect yourself.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

In a recent study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), researchers analyzed the common causes of 963 truck accidents that occurred between 2001 and 2003.

According to the study, the critical reasons that led to most truck accidents included the following:

  • 87% of critical reasons were driver error

  • 10% of critical reasons were vehicle malfunction

  • 3% of critical reasons were environmental conditions

As evidenced by the above, truck driver error was a major factor that led to most truck accidents during the period of the study. Top examples of truck driver error include fatigue and falling asleep, disabling medical event, inattention, driving too fast for conditions, following other vehicles too closely, and more.

While certain truck accidents are unavoidable, taking the following precautions can help reduce your chances of being involved in one:

  • Keep a large following distance behind trucks.

  • Do not stay in trucks’ blind spots.

  • Do not merge directly in front of a truck, and never merge from the right side.

Even if you follow all of these precautions, truck accidents may still occur. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, our Corpus Christi personal injury attorneys are here to help. We’re prepared to go up against the large trucking and insurance companies to recover the compensation you deserve.

Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. at (361) 238-2789 to learn how we can assist you.