In Oklahoma, highways across the State are frequented by trucks of all shapes and sizes. As essential as these types of vehicles are for the movement of goods throughout the nation, they can sometimes cause hazardous driving conditions for others on the road. In fact, more than one hundred thousand people in the U.S. sustain fatal injuries as a result of trucking accidents. Why then, do these accidents continue to occur? Understanding the risk factors associated with truck driving may help prevent accidents and keep you and your family safe. As such, the following is a list of the most frequent causes of truck accidents in the U.S.:
- Driver fatigue. Many truckers fall prey to driver fatigue, especially while driving at night. Moreover, truckers who are inexperienced or who attempt to push themselves farther and faster to get to their destinations are also to blame for accidents.
- Distracted driving. Truckers, like everyone else, sometimes become distracted by their cell phones, dispatch radios and other devices. Said distractions often cause truckers to lose focus and strike other vehicles within their vicinity.
- Excessive speeding. Speeding is one of the major contributing factors to serious trucking accidents since large trucks cannot stop as fast as smaller vehicles. When a truck is unable to stop in time, they often cause serious and sometimes fatal rear end collisions.
- Overloading or improper cargo loading. Trucks that are improperly loaded or overloaded with cargo may become imbalanced and lose control, potentially striking other vehicles and objects. Oftentimes, these lead to deadly automobile accidents.
- Blind spots. Large trucks, especially tractor trailers, are replete with blind spots, also called “no zones”. Specifically, it often takes quite a bit of time for novice drivers to become accustomed to using their rear view mirrors to properly change lanes.
- Lack of training. Drivers who are not properly trained often cause accidents because they lack the experience necessary to maneuver in a variety of different circumstances.
- Improper vehicle maintenance. Trucks that are not regularly repaired and maintained often cause accidents due to tire blow outs, brake failures, and other mechanical failures.
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