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Common Trucking Accident Causes

Common Trucking Accident Causes

Some of the most catastrophic accidents seen on the roads today are caused by large commercial trucks. A study was done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) which reviews more than 120,000 big-rig accidents involving injuries or fatalities, which concluded that 87% of the accidents were due to the negligence of the driver. Because of statistics like these, there have been many measures put in place to help prevent these types of accidents from happening. However, this has had a very minimal impact on the number of accidents.

Driver Fatigue

The most common cause of trucking accidents is drowsy driving, and this should come as no surprise. With the hours required to complete the job, the stress put on by the trucking company, and the lack of help in the industry, many drivers are on the road driving when they shouldn’t be. Many truckers sacrifice sleep to get their deliveries to their destinations within the deadline. A loss of sleep contributes to many negatives such as lost concentration, coordination, and the ability to act and think quickly—which leads to accidents.

Distracted Driving

With the long strenuous hours behind the wheel, it’s only a matter of time before distractions get the best of truck drivers. There are many things that fit under the umbrella of distracted driving, with some of the most common being:

  • Cellphone usage

  • Updating GPS settings

  • Changing the radio

  • Eating

It only takes having your eyes off the road for 3 seconds for an accident to occur.

Overtaking and Speeding

It’s no surprise that truckers are on a mission to get their delivery to its destination as quick as humanly possible. With harsh deadlines and strict rules by their employer, truckers often have to sacrifice safety for speed, in order to not lose their job. Because of this, many truckers find themselves in situations where they “need to” overtake another big-rig, which is a dangerous maneuver that often causes oncoming drivers to veer out of the way to stay safe.

Don’t Let Negligence Change Your Life

If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another driver in a trucking accident, don’t lose all hope. There are options available to help you seek the compensation you deserve. Our team here at The Soileau Law Firm would love the opportunity to discuss your case over a free evaluation to inform you of how we can assist in recovering.

Call us today at (713) 581-9042 for more information.

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