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How trucks contribute to crashes

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2021 | Truck Accidents

A large truck weighs 20 times as much as a car, and when the two meet in an accident, injuries tend to be severe.

Factors associated with crashes of large trucks include unfamiliarity with the road and a change in traffic flow, such as sudden congestion or a sudden reduction in speed due to a crash or crosswalk ahead.

Precipitating events for truck crashes

A truck may precipitate a crash when:

  • The truck leaves its lane of travel
  • The truck driver loses control — because he is traveling too fast or due to a cargo shift, mechanical failure, a bad road, or other causes
  • The truck driver crashes into the rear end of the vehicle in front of him

Causes of truck crashes

When a large truck is at fault in a crash, factors may include:

  • Driver error — the driver was speeding, distracted, tired, breaking a traffic law, or using drugs
  • Mechanical failure — tire blowouts and brake failure can cause catastrophe
  • Environmental problems — fog can make vision difficult; trucks lose traction in rain or snow

Types of truck driver errors

A truck crash may be due to different types of driver errors:

  • Non-response error — he was asleep or had a heart attack
  • Recognition error — he was not paying attention or became distracted
  • Decision error — he was driving too fast or following too close
  • Performance error — he overcompensated when a wheel went off the road

A truck-car crash is often the result of multiple factors. A sudden decision to change lanes or turn in traffic can initiate disaster. Defensive driving is a motorist’s best protection.