Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents

According to the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration1, in 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds) In the United States, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes during 2012. Data also showed that in 2012, there were 3921 deaths in traffic accidents involving large trucks and 104,000 people injured. These figures were up from the prior year.

When a big rig (semi tractor-trailer, tanker truck, flatbed truck) is involved in a crash, injuries are more sever that similar crashes involving automobiles.

Statistics have shown that the most common causes of truck accidents are:

Drivers under the influence of alcohol, drugs, medication

  • Sleeping/Fatigued driving
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Improper loading/load shifts
  • Dangerous Construction zone driving
  • Failure to reduce speed
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Distracted driving
  • Cell phone usage
  • Improper lane usage
  • Trailer attachment failure
  • Improper Maintenance/faulty brakes/tire blowout

1NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts, 2012 Data, Revised May, 2014. DOT HS 811 868

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