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What causes large truck accidents?

As a California motorist, you may be familiar with navigating the busy roadways alongside massive tractor trailers on a daily basis. These big rigs are necessary for the economy, as they help distribute goods throughout the state and across the country. These giant vehicles, however, are extremely dangerous and put the lives of many people at risk. In 2014 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 281 people were killed in accidents involving big rigs.  It is important to understand what causes large truck accidents so that you can avoid becoming the victim of a catastrophic tractor trailer collision.

Truck driver negligence is one of the most common causes of large truck accidents. Truckers may be drowsy, distracted or drunk while behind the wheel, causing them to lose concentration on the road. Although truck drivers are required to take frequent rest breaks and avoid using their cellphones while behind the wheel, a number of them ignore these regulations and jeopardize the safety of others.

Speeding trucks are also a danger to motorists and pedestrians on the road. Trucks need a longer distance to stop, and when they are going too fast, they may not have enough time to slow down. This is especially true in bad weather conditions, such as ice, snow, wind, rain and fog. It is easy for a tractor trailer to jack-knife, skid or tip over in these conditions. Another cause of truck accidents involves improperly loaded trailers. This can cause a truck to tip over or jack-knife if shifting occurs during travel. Equipment failure is another concern. Trucking companies and truckers should be careful to inspect their trucks on a routine basis.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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