What Causes Truck Accidents? Facts Drivers Need to Know
Truck accidents, or accidents with large commercial vehicles, happen more often than you might realize. According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, more than 170,000 truck accidents occur every year.
The U.S. Department of Transportation reported the following interesting facts about truck accidents:
- Most truck accident injuries occur between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- The majority of truck accidents involve multiple vehicles
- Injuries occurred most frequently from Monday-Thursday
- Rain, snow and sleet increased the number of accidents, but most truck accidents occur in normal weather conditions
Californians need to be especially mindful while driving. With over 200 truck routes in California alone, accidents are more likely to happen. In fact, California consistently ranks in the top three states with the highest rates of truck accidents nationwide. Port areas, such as San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego, have a high concentration of trucks entering and exiting these areas on a daily basis. Drivers in these locations should always drive with extra caution.
Common Factors of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are caused by a number of factors, including:
- Driver negligence
- Blind spots
- Faulty brakes, improper braking
- Reckless turns
- Tire blowouts
- Overloaded trucks
- Falling debris
- Defective roadways
Truck accidents are different from car accidents. Vehicle damage is typically far worse and bodily injuries are much more serious. You may need expensive medical care, short or long-term rehabilitation therapy, and extensive time off work to fully recover. These costs can quickly add up, causing additional stress and financial disaster. Don’t let that happen to you.