Commercial truck collisions, just like any other motor vehicle collision, occur for a broad range of reasons. Sometimes, inclement weather is the culprit. Other times, it will be the people in the smaller vehicle who are ultimately at fault for a wreck.
Still, many times, it is the commercial driver who causes a crash between a big-rig truck and a smaller passenger vehicle. What are some of the most common reasons that truck drivers cause crashes?
Making bad decisions
The most common reason that a truck driver causes a crash involves making the wrong decision for traffic conditions. Maybe they followed someone too closely or drove at speeds higher than they should given the weather conditions. Making a bad decision about how to drive will lead to crashes for some commercial drivers.
Problems with distractions
Some truck drivers know exactly what they should do to respond to a given situation on the road, but then they fail to pay attention. Picking up a mobile phone, eating lunch at the wheel or just trying to read a billboard could lead to recognition errors while driving a commercial truck. Given how much longer it takes to stop big trucks, a few seconds of distraction could directly cause a crash.
Personal issues that lead to non-performance
Non-performance occurs when a truck driver is left temporarily incapable of performing their job duties. Falling asleep at the wheel and losing consciousness because of a heart attack are both examples of non-performance. These three causes account for a majority of trucker-caused commercial collisions.
Identifying your risk factors for a crash with a big truck can help you keep yourself safe on the road — but accidents aren’t always avoidable. If you’ve been injured in a wreck, find out more about what it takes to get the compensation you deserve.