Accidents involving trucks are unfortunately common and can have severe consequences for everyone involved.
Identifying the root causes of these incidents is important for improving road safety.
1. Driver fatigue
Long hours on the road can take a toll on truck drivers, leading to fatigue and impaired judgment. Fatigue affects reaction times and the ability to concentrate, increasing the likelihood of accidents. Regulations limit the number of consecutive driving hours, but adherence can vary.
2. Inadequate training
Truck driving demands specialized skills. Insufficient training can result in drivers who struggle with maneuvering large vehicles, understanding blind spots and reacting to emergencies. Employers must ensure that their drivers receive comprehensive training to handle the unique challenges posed by commercial vehicles.
3. Poorly maintained vehicles
Neglected maintenance is a leading cause of truck accidents. Mechanical failures, such as brake malfunctions or tire blowouts, can lead to catastrophic consequences. Routine inspections and prompt repairs are necessary to prevent these incidents.
Excessive speed is a major contributor to accidents involving trucks. These vehicles, due to their size and weight, require more time and distance to come to a stop. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to react to unexpected situations and increases the severity of collisions.
5. Distracted driving
With the rise of technology, distracted driving is a significant concern. Truck drivers, like any other motorists, may succumb to the temptation of using phones or other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Distractions divert attention from the road, posing a serious risk to safety.
In 2021, 117,300 large trucks played a role in injury crashes. While the unexpected happens, maintaining extra diligence while sharing the road with trucks may help minimize the risk of an accident.