Drivers and passengers in Texas can be seriously injured as a result of a crash with a truck. Regardless of the area you live, there are many common factors that cause trucking accidents. It’s a good idea to get familiar with them. Doing so will help if you have to file an accident claim.
What are common factors in trucking accidents?
There are a number of factors that lead to most of the nation’s truck accidents. Error on the part of the driver is more than 10 times more likely to be the cause than any other on the list. The driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel, or they could have been disabled due to a heart attack or stroke. They may have been distracted due to texting while driving.
The increasing demand for truck drivers can lead to a lack of suitable training. This can result in a larger number of inexperienced drivers getting behind the wheel of a big rig. The relative lack of training can cause them to panic or make very poor decisions that lead straight to a catastrophic accident.
A trucking accident is a deadly event
The deadly force of a truck accident can easily lead to severe injuries and fatalities. A commercial truck that is fully loaded can weigh a total of 40 tons. Compare this to the average 2-ton passenger vehicle, and you will quickly see the disparity. The potential for fatality is very great.
The trucking industry has attempted to lessen the number of deadly crashes by providing more training and other forms of education to drivers. However, you will still need to do your part by remaining vigilant whenever you are driving near a big rig.