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The top 10 reasons why large truck crashes occur


What causes large truck accidents? We know that the fault of these accidents – which can lead to life-changing injuries and fatalities – lies with an assortment of parties. This group may include the driver, trucking company, maintenance firm, manufacturer and loading company.

Many large trucks travel on Texas roadways. As a result, the Lone Star State has seen its share of large truck accidents. Sadly, Texas led the nation in 2020 in having the most fatalities – 643 — attributed to large truck crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Brake problems and prescription drug use

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, here are the top 10 reasons why large truck accidents occur:

  • Brake problems: This problem may be attributed to the truck company as well as its maintenance company.
  • Disruption of traffic flow: Road congestion during peak traffic hours may contribute to a large truck collision, and so can a previous crash that took place.
  • Prescription drug use: Certain drugs may hinder driving ability. They may include medication to treat high blood pressure, cholesterol, depression and anxiety.
  • Driving too fast for conditions: Slick roads may lead to hydroplaning and drivers may lose control of the truck.
  • Driver’s unfamiliarity with the road: This may surface among newer truck drivers unaccustomed to certain regions and their roads.
  • Road problems: Poorly maintained roadways are unsafe for any driver. Federal, state and municipal governments must maintain the upkeep.
  • Failing to make required stops: This may happen before a crash, traffic signal or crosswalk.
  • Use of over-the-counter drugs: Sedatives, sleep aids, diet pills and decongestants also may affect the ability to drive.
  • Inadequate surveillance: Truck drivers must remain aware of their surroundings and their blind spots.
  • Fatigue: Drivers have tight deadlines and may be under pressure from their employers, so they drive long hours and grow tired.

Large truck crashes happen for a number of reasons. Sometimes, negligence is at the root.

Remaining alert is important

Understanding the causes of large truck accidents may prevent you from being in one. Please remain alert when sharing the road with these vehicles.