When a motor vehicle crash involves a truck, the chances are that the consequences will be very serious. Truck drivers are not always to blame for the lead up to a truck crash; however, the actions that they take in response to other drivers can be vital in determining whether a collision will occur.
If you are a truck driver, it is important to be aware of the most common reasons why trucks get involved in collisions. There have been a significant amount of scientific studies highlighting and examining fault as well as unsafe driving acts.
The most dangerous driving acts that lead to crashes
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has conducted a survey that has assessed what the most common causes of truck accidents are. The No. 1 reason why trucks crash is because of inattentive driving. Inattentive driving refers to acts of phone usage, for example texting or calling, and driving without full concentration because of fatigue or another distraction.
When other cars merge into traffic in an improper way, for example they go at a speed that is too slow, trucks are often forced to brake quickly or to swerve out of the way. This is considered to be the second most dangerous driving act.
Other common causes of accidents include when drivers fail to adhere to the rules of the road, for example when they do not stop at a stop sign or they do not slow down when prompted.
If you have been involved in an accident with a truck or as a truck driver, it is important that fault is correctly assigned.