The Potential Causes of a Large Truck Accident

Large trucks are involved in roughly 460,000 crashes each year. Unfortunately, 5,000 people are killed a year in truck accidents. In 98% of these deadly collisions, the driver of the smaller vehicle is the one who is killed.

There are mostly two types of a large truck accident

1. Truck Accidents Caused by Passenger Vehicle Drivers

Common unsafe acts perpetrated by car drivers in the vicinity of large trucks, which often lead to truck accidents, include:

  • Driving in the "No-Zones": the areas beside and behind a commercial truck where the truck driver has zero visibility
  • Maneuvering to the left of a track that is making a left turn
  • Changing lanes abruptly in front of a truck
  • Misjudging an upcoming truck's speed at an intersection and making a turn before the truck
  • Failure to speed up or slow down when a rig begins to change or merge lanes
  • Merging unconventionally into traffic, causing a truck to brake or maneuver quickly
  • Failure to speed up or slow down when a truck begins to change lanes
  • Pulling into traffic from the wayside in front of a rig without accelerating sufficiently

2. Truck Accidents as a Result of Commercial Truck Drivers

Big trailer truck and other commercial truck drivers are mostly patient and skilled drivers. In addition to the dangers in relation to the weight and size of the trucks used in commercial shipping and transportation, however, a number of characteristics inherent in the business can lead to a large truck accident. These include:

  • Inadequate training for safety concerns, driving technique and defensive driving
  • Expectations of trucking companies and unrealistic schedules that encourage drivers to hurry, despite safety risks involved
  • Systems of compensation that encourage more hours of consecutive vehicle operation and faster vehicle speeds than would normally be advisable

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