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Causes of semi truck crashes

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2023 | Car Accidents

Accidents involving semi trucks often have devastating consequences due to these vehicles’ sheer size and weight. While a vehicle crash can result from various factors, semi truck crashes have unique causes.

The truckers, trucking companies and how a truck’s cargo is loaded can all contribute to a wreck. Knowing these causes of semi truck crashes can help prevent and determine liability should an accident occur.

Trucker error

Truckers’ errors can range from impaired driving due to alcohol or drugs to fatigue from driving long hours without sufficient rest. Distracted driving, such as texting or making phone calls, is another prevalent issue. Even a momentary lapse in judgment can lead to catastrophic outcomes when operating such a large and heavy vehicle.

Trucking company policies

Sometimes, the root cause of a crash is the trucking company’s policies. Pressuring drivers to meet tight deadlines can encourage speeding or driving without adequate rest. Inadequate maintenance of vehicles can also be a significant issue. A poorly maintained truck is more likely to suffer mechanical failure, which can lead to wrecks.

Improper load securement

Improperly loaded or secured cargo can also cause accidents. An imbalanced load can make a truck challenging to steer and increase the risk of tipping over, especially around curves or during sudden stops. In some cases, cargo can also fall off the truck, creating hazards for other motorists.

Victims of semi truck crashes often suffer grave injuries that require considerable medical care. Seeking compensation from the liable party or parties may help address the financial impact of these innocent victims. Texas law sets time limits for how long victims have to file these claims, so they must act swiftly.