The aftermath of a large truck crash often is unforgettable. Roadways are strewn with debris, cars are unrecognizable, and tragedy may surface in serious, life-changing and fatal injuries for drivers and their passengers.
Many factors play in a large truck collision, ranging from defective truck parts and interruption of traffic flow to overly medicated truck drivers and fatigue. None of this provides any comfort to the drivers who share the road with these colossal vehicles.
Brake issues, driving too fast for conditions
According to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, here are the main reasons why large truck collisions occur:
- Brake problems: Poor maintenance and defective brakes may lead to tragedy on the road.
- Interruption of traffic flow: This may be due to congestion or an earlier crash delaying traffic on the road
- Prescription drug and over-the-counter drug use: Perhaps the truck driver is taking medication for diabetes or heart issues. And like the general public, truck drivers may rely on painkillers. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs may affect a driver, causing drowsiness and affect judgment.
- Driving too fast for conditions: Wet, slick roads require great care. The same for snowy and icy roads in winter.
- Lack of familiarity with the roadway: This is often a problem with new truck drivers traveling on routes for the first time.
- Roadway problems: Whether it be non-functioning traffic lights, debris on the road or a flat tire, any of these situations may lead to a collision.
- Failing to stop before a collision: A truck driver may have ignored a traffic control device.
- Inadequate surveillance: This may happen in situations such as making turns, lane changes and going in reverse. The truck driver fails to look in the correct places while behind the wheel.
- Fatigue: Truck drivers work long hours and have tight deadlines, making them more susceptible to stress and fatigue.
Understanding the major causes of a large truck accident may help you. Make sure to stay out of the truck driver’s blind spots, stay visible and keep a safe distance.
Stay aware and alert
All drivers who share the road with large trucks must remain aware of the potential hazards they face and alert in order to avoid a collision. Weighing several tons, large trucks cause significant damage to property and the lives of people.