What Causes Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents can have many of the same causes as car accidents. These include acts of driver negligence, like:
- Distracted driving;
- Aggressive driving;
- Drunk driving; and
- Drowsy driving.
They can also result from the same kinds of vehicle malfunction that cause car accidents, like:
- Tire blowouts;
- Stalling; and
- Brake failure.
Because a tractor trailer is so much larger than a passenger vehicle, malfunctions are more severe and cause greater fallout.
There are also accident causes that are specific to commercial trucks. These occur when trucks are overloaded, when their cargo is not secured properly, and when the driver loses control of the vehicle due to difficult roadway conditions or his or her own error. A few examples of these include:
- Jackknifing. When a driver has to brake suddenly, the trailer’s inertia can cause it to slide sideways, forming an acute angle with the tractor. When this happens, the driver loses control of the trailer and it can hit a vehicle or a stationary object; and
- Rollovers. Rollovers are another type of accident that can occur when a driver loses control of his or her truck, often because the truck is overloaded. Sometimes, jackknifing leads to a rollover. A rollover is an accident where the truck rolls onto its side.