Truck accidents are very common in Irvine, California. The congestion on the roads doesn’t reduce the number of accidents. It just seems to make matters worse. Trucks are large, carry heavy loads and travel at high rates of speed in all types of conditions. Today, we will take a look at the causes of truck accidents in California.
One of the biggest causes of truck accidents is the error by the driver. Truck drivers are prone to drowsy driving, drunk driving, distracted driving and plenty of other mistakes that can lead to accidents. Other driver errors include not making appropriate turns, not understanding the load in the truck, driving too fast and not adjusting driving habits for the road conditions.
The weather conditions are also a common factor in truck accidents. Wind, rain, ice, snow, debris and fog can all make it difficult for drivers to operate their truck safely. Many truck drivers are on a schedule and cannot take too much time off from driving, which is why some are forced to drive in these conditions.
Was the truck driver properly trained? Truck drivers are required to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL), if they wish to drive a truck. The proper training doesn’t stop once the driver obtains a CDL. His or her employer should continue with training, especially on newer trucks that are added to the fleet every couple of years.
These are just a few of the most common causes of truck accidents in Irvine. Many accidents are caused by the truck driver and plenty others are caused by other drivers around the truck.