Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can be caused by a number of varying factors. Because of their massive size, commercial trucks present unique dangers to passenger vehicles. It’s very important for drivers to become aware of the causes of truck accidents if they want to stay safe on the road. Here are a few of the common factors that often cause a truck accident.
Improperly Loaded Cargo
Because the primary goal of a trucking company is to transport the greatest amount of cargo in the shortest amount of time possible, truck drivers will sometimes overload or fail to properly secure their cargo in order to meet company deadlines. This creates a dangerous situation for all drivers who are on the road, especially if the truck is traveling at typical highway speeds. The following are examples of improperly loaded cargo:
- Partially Loaded Cargo: Trucks that are partially loaded with liquids can slosh back and forth. This upsets the vehicle’s center of gravity and makes the truck more susceptible to rollover accidents.
- Unsecured Cargo: Loose cargo can easily fly into oncoming traffic. Additionally, unsecured cargo can sometimes shift dangerously and result in the truck overturning.
- Oversized or Overloaded Cargo: Truck drivers and maintenance crews sometimes overload their vehicle with cargo. Often, this is the result of poor training. However, drivers who overload their cargo can be found negligent if their actions result in an accident.
Poor or Improper Vehicle Maintenance
Vehicle maintenance is an important aspect of road safety and accident prevention. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires truck companies to:
- Conduct a pre-trip inspection to ensure safe condition of the truck and cargo
- Review and sign the last vehicle inspection report and verify that needed repairs were completed
- Systematically inspect, repair, and maintain all trucks within their control
- Complete an end-of-the-day inspection and prepare a written report that documents any discovered defect or deficiency
Truck companies that fail to faithfully complete these duties can be found negligent if their truck is in an accident.
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