If you have ever driven by the scene of a commercial truck accident, you know how much damage they can cause. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in accidents involving large trucks. Here are the five main reasons why trucking accidents occur.
The number one cause of truck accidents is driving mistakes. Drivers can make mistakes due to fatigue, inexperience and distraction. Inexperienced drivers may not know how to handle a big truck on the road in certain circumstances. Overcompensating when making a course correction can easily lead to an accident. Tired drivers may not be able to focus on the road or may react too slowly to a sudden slowdown in traffic. Texting, talking on cellphones, reaching for something that fell on the floor and eating are all distractions.
Heavy rain, snow or ice can make it difficult for trucks to navigate the road, and high winds can make it difficult for trucks to stay in their lane. If a truck driver is not used to driving in bad weather, they may make dangerous mistakes that can lead to an accident.
Poor road conditions
Poorly constructed roads, large potholes and other obstacles on the road can also cause truck accidents. Even experienced truck drivers may not be able to avoid these hazards or navigate around them without repercussions. Others, aside from the driver, may be responsible for injuries caused in these instances.
Commercial trucks require regular maintenance far beyond what passenger cars need. When a truck malfunctions, it can be difficult for the driver to control the vehicle. Trucking companies and drivers are required to routinely inspect and service their vehicles. Failure to do so can be fatal for their own drivers as well as others who share the road with them.
When a truck is overloaded or when the cargo is not secured correctly, it can be dangerous for the driver and other motorists on the road. When a truck is loaded improperly, it may overturns or loses its load in normal driving circumstances.
Ohio is a fault accident state. The court will hold individuals financially responsible if they cause a crash that results in property damage and personal injuries to other road users.