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Common causes of truck accidents

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | Truck Accidents |

Truck accidents are, unfortunately, extremely common. When they occur, they often have devastating outcomes. Understanding the common causes behind these accidents is crucial for implementing preventive measures and improving road safety.

Here, you can learn some of the most common factors resulting in commercial truck accidents.

Fatigue behind the wheel

Many truck drivers spend many hours on the road. The more time that passes, the more likely they are to become fatigued. When someone is tired behind the wheel, it means they cannot react as quickly and their decision-making abilities may be impaired. Despite regulations limiting driving hours, some drivers push themselves beyond safe limits, increasing the risk of accidents.

Distracted driving

Distractions such as texting, eating or adjusting the radio can take a driver’s attention away from driving. For truck drivers, these distractions are especially dangerous because it takes longer to stop these large vehicles.  

Improper vehicle maintenance

Neglected maintenance can result in mechanical failures like brake malfunctions or tire blowouts, which are especially hazardous for trucks traveling at high speeds. It is essential that trucks are inspected and maintained regularly to avoid these situations. 


Excessive speed reduces a driver’s reaction time and increases their likelihood of losing control. This is especially problematic when navigating a curve or driving in poor weather conditions. Studies have shown that speeding is a top cause of truck accidents. 

Improper loading

Improperly loaded cargo is another issue. If it is not secured properly, it may move in the trailer, causing issues with stability. The cargo may also spill onto the road or highway. Trucks with too much cargo take longer to stop and are more likely to tip over. All these things pose risks to others who are on the road. 

Addressing these common causes of truck accidents through measures such as enforcing regulations and enhancing vehicle maintenance standards can reduce the frequency and severity of truck-related incidents on our roads. Increased vigilance and collaboration among drivers, trucking companies, and regulatory authorities are crucial for enhancing road safety for all motorists.