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5 Common Causes of Semi Truck Accidents

Semi trucks play a big role in the world's economy. We need trucks and truck drivers to transport goods across the continent, delivering supplies where they are needed most. In order to have products we rely on for daily activities, trucks are absolutely essential. Unfortunately, though, trucks share our public roads. Sometimes other drivers get involved in accidents with commercial trucks. While normal car crashes can lead to severe bodily injury, accidents where a commercial tractor-trailer is involved can be much more serious. Still, these accidents are caused by many of the same things as other vehicle crashes. Here are some of the leading causes of truck accidents.

  1. Driving Too Fast
    The U.S. Department of Transportation has data that shows 23% of semi-truck accidents result from a driver traveling too fast for road conditions.
  2. Driving Distracted
    Whether it is due to a lack of sleep, texting, or just regular distracted driving, this bad driving habit can happen to anyone. Driving while tired is a common form of distraction, especially for truck drivers.
  3. Intoxication
    Driving under the influence of any substance is dangerous. Alcohol might be the most common, but other substances can cause driving ability impairment as well. If you were in an accident due to someone else's intoxication, call a truck accident attorney today.
  4. Mechanical Issues
    Though trucking companies regularly have their vehicles inspected, it's possible for the hydraulic brakes to fail if the vehicle isn't properly maintained. Anyone's car or truck can succumb to mechanical errors, so make sure to regularly bring your vehicle in for inspection.
  5. Blind Spots
    This issue is especially relevant for truck drivers. As a rule, if you are driving behind a semi truck and you can't see it's side mirrors, the driver will not be able to see your vehicle from them. This greatly increases the risk of an accident.


If you are the victim of a crash with a semi truck, contact a truck accident attorney to discuss your options. Driving is a dangerous activity. People make mistakes. You should not have to pay, however, for someone else's negligent driving.

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