Truck accidents injure and kill many people on Texas roads annually. There are many reasons why these accidents happen and why they are so dangerous.
Driver errors cause most accidents. Some drivers see a problem developing and overcompensate for it. Other times, drivers experience a medical emergency, such as having a heart attack or a seizure. Some drivers use drugs while operating their vehicles, while others may feel fatigued. Drivers may also make mistakes in driving, such as going too fast for the current road conditions. They can also fail to be observant or be unfamiliar with the roadway.
Some truck accidents happen because something goes wrong with the vehicle. Brake problems are the most cited issue in these accidents, but trucks can also wreck after a blowout or engine failure.
The environment can also cause truck crashes. Accidents often occur on slick roads where it is harder to control the vehicle. Drivers often feel pressure from their employers to deliver on time, regardless of conditions. Other times, drivers think they must get one load delivered to pick up the next one to make more money. Some accidents occur because drivers are trying to get around a previous wreck. Others arise because someone enters a crosswalk or prevents the truck from moving forward safely, but there is no time for the driver to react.
Truck crashes occur when a commercial vehicle is involved in an accident, and driver error, vehicle issues or the environment can cause them. It is critical that drivers and their employers take steps to avoid the conditions that lead to accidents.