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Understanding The Causes Of Serious Commercial Truck Accidents

Jan 18, 2023 | 18-Wheeler Accident, Consumer Information, Personal Injury

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Commercial trucks are a common sight on American roads. They carry essential goods and materials around the country, without which our economy could not function. However, commercial truck accidents can also be severe and even fatal. It’s essential to understand the common causes of these accidents so that we can take steps to prevent them from occurring in the future.

Overloaded or Oversized Trucks

One common cause of severe commercial truck accidents is an overloaded or oversized vehicle. When a truck carries too much weight, it can become difficult for the driver to control the vehicle properly. This increases both the risk of an accident and its severity if one occurs. The size of a truck is also a factor; if it exceeds specific dimensions as outlined by state laws, it may become more prone to tipping over or otherwise becoming unbalanced during turns and maneuvers.

Poorly Maintained Trucks

Another common cause of severe commercial truck accidents is poorly maintained vehicles. Regular maintenance helps ensure that a truck’s brakes, steering system, and other components work correctly. If they are not maintained according to manufacturer standards or local laws, there is an increased risk of something going wrong while on the road that could lead to an accident.

Inadequate Safety Systems

Inadequate safety systems are another potential cause of severe truck accidents in Texas. Many trucks have advanced safety features such as airbags and stability control systems. Still, if these systems are not appropriately maintained or fail due to age or wear-and-tear, they can’t protect drivers in case of an accident. Additionally, some trucks do not have adequate safety measures, such as seatbelts, which further increases their chances of being involved in a collision.

Negligent Operation

Negligent operation by either the driver or other parties involved in the process of a commercial truck is another potential cause of severe collisions. Drivers must abide by traffic laws and regulations when operating their vehicles; failure to do so puts them at risk of causing an accident due to reckless driving or distracted driving behaviors like texting while behind the wheel. Other negligent behavior includes failing to check blind spots before changing lanes or taking turns too quickly without signaling first. These mistakes significantly increase the chances of an accident due to human error alone!

Understanding what causes severe commercial truck accidents can help us take steps toward preventing them from happening in the future! By ensuring that vehicles are regularly inspected and maintained according to manufacturer standards, implementing stronger safety measures on vehicles (such as seatbelts), staying alert while driving (not engaging in distractions like texting), following traffic laws and regulations, avoiding overloading/oversized loads, and making sure cargo is secured properly—we can reduce risks associated with operating trucks on public roads! Taking these precautions will ultimately make our streets safer for everyone!

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