Most Common Causes of Preventable Commercial Truck Collisions

Commercial Truck crashes are some of the most dangerous collisions on the road, and far too often lead to serious injuries or death. The trucking industry has created a variety of rules and regulations intended to keep both their drivers, as well as the people sharing the road with trucks safe. Any time a truck driver is involved in a collision, the commercial trucking company associated with the driver will launch an investigation into the accident in order to determine who was at fault, and whether or not the driver could have done anything to prevent the crash.

The Dallas truck accident attorneys at Aldous \ Walker LLP understand these rules and regulations just as well, if not better than anyone, and understand the steps to take when investigating the cause of a truck accident. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common preventable causes of truck accidents to give you a better understanding of what we look for when researching your case:

Preventable Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents

  1. Driver Fatigue: According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), driver fatigue is the number one cause of truck crashes in the United States[1]. Truck drivers cover thousands of miles of highway every week, and they can cause devastating accidents when they don’t properly take care of themselves. Drivers that skip their required rest breaks or pull extra-long shifts put everyone who shares the road with them at risk.
  2. Substance Abuse: Whether it’s alcohol, drugs, or any other substance that impairs someone’s ability to drive, driving under the influence is a very fast way to end up hurt. It’s an irresponsibly dangerous decision no matter what vehicle you operate, but that danger is only increased when that vehicle can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
  3. Distracted driving: In our world of smartphones, tablets, apps, social media and other technology, there are ever-increasing number of gadgets and information sources that can distract and divert a drivers’ attention from the roadway. Like all motorists, the amount of collisions attributable to distracted driving have been dangerously increasing to the point it is as serious of a problem as impaired driving. FMCSA regulations prohibit commercial truck drivers from texting and the use of hand-held mobile or smartphones while operating a commercial motor vehicle, but not all truck drivers follow such regulations and distracted driving collisions continue to happen with dangerous consequences.
  4. Mechanical Failure / Brake Problems: Any machine will break down if it is not properly maintained, but some failures have greater consequences than others. Brake failure can cause a fully-loaded truck to barrel into unsuspecting motorists at highway speeds, potentially obliterating numerous vehicles in its path. Brakes aren’t the only part that can fail; even non-mechanical parts can break off and cause injuries if not properly maintained.
  5. Underinflated Tires: Just like the truck itself, tires need to be checked and maintained to ensure their safety. Underinflated tires increase the rate at which they wear down, and can eventually destroy their casings and burst. Flying chunks of rubber, as well as loss of control caused by losing a tire, increase the risk of an accident.
  6. Reckless Driving: Whether the truck driver is speeding, constantly and recklessly switching lanes, or not paying attention to traffic, reckless driving can easily result in a terrible accident. Whether the driver failed to check their blind spot before changing lanes, took a turn at too high of a speed, or ignored a change in the speed of traffic, this kind of accident could be prevented with safer driving.
  7. Improperly Loaded Cargo: It’s up to the truck driver and the people in charge of loading the trailer to make sure that the cargo is loaded in a safe manner. If the cargo isn’t properly secured or balanced, it could easily shift during transport, make the driver to lose control of their truck, and cause the truck to flip over.

No matter the cause, if you were injured in a commercial truck accident, contact the Dallas personal injury attorneys at Aldous \ Walker LLP. Our compassionate and experienced trial lawyers pride themselves on getting to know our clients in order to best assist them in their time of need. Contact us today through our website, or give us a call at (214) 307-6307 to discuss your case with one of our truck accident lawyers.

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