A jack-knifed large truck or an 18-wheeler that spilled its cargo on the highway can cause destruction and tragedy on highways and roads. Many people wonder how such incidents occur.
There are many causes behind large truck crashes, ranging from mechanical problems to driving too fast for conditions.
Brake problems and fatigue
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a study that highlighted some of the most common reasons large truck accidents happen. The list includes:
- Brake problems: Poorly maintained and defective brakes are a danger for any vehicle. This especially holds true for 18-wheelers that can cause tragic outcomes on roads.
- Disruption in traffic flow: Congestion caused by roadwork and peak traffic times may lead to truck drivers failing to pay attention or simply driving too fast.
- Driving too fast for conditions: Poor road conditions, including slick and wet roads from weather or spills can cause truck drivers to have difficulty maneuvering their vehicles. They have to adjust by driving slower.
- Lack of familiarity with certain roads: Truck drivers travel on a number of different roads. Every day, they may experience a new and unfamiliar route.
- Legal drug use: Whether prescribed or over-the-counter medication, these remedies used by truck drivers may cause drowsiness as well as affect their road judgment.
- Fatigue: The many hours a truck drivers spend behind the wheel can lead to exhaustion. Slower reactions are possible, and they may even fall asleep.
A number of causes are behind large truck crashes. Negligence may be a contributing to them, too.
Can you avoid a collision with a large truck if you know what causes such a mishap? Perhaps. But as a driver, remain alert and take great care when driving near an 18-wheeler. Protecting yourself means safer travels.