Most categories of vehicle accidents have seen accident rates decrease in recent years. However, the rate of large truck crashes nationwide and within Texas has stayed steady or increased in each of the past five years. What causes large trucks to crash?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Large Truck Crash Causation Study provides some answers. According to the study, the most common causes of large truck accidents include:
- Driver Fatigue. Driver fatigue plays a major role in many large truck accidents. Working long hours and pressed to “make time,” many truck drivers don’t get the rest they need. The results behind the wheel can be fatal.
- Mechanical Problems. Truck owners and trucking companies have a responsibility to keep their equipment in good working order. However, many trucks go longer than they should between inspections. The failure of a critical mechanical part due to negligent maintenance or a hidden defect contributes to multiple truck crashes each year.
- Dangerous Roadways. Large trucks may stand over 14 feet high and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. As a result, they cannot use all the same roads that passenger vehicles can use. If these roadways are not clearly marked, or if obstacles in the roadway are not promptly addressed, a crash can easily result.
At Williams & Brown LLP, our experienced Waco, Texas truck accident lawyers strive to achieve outstanding results for every client we represent, protecting each client’s legal rights while holding negligent parties accountable for their actions. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (888) 741-6200.