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5 causes of semitruck crashes

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2023 | Truck Accidents

Everyone on the road depends on other drivers to help them remain safe. Those who are on the road with semitrucks count truckers to drive responsibly. What some may not realize is that the sole responsibility of the trucker. 

Some other parties that might be responsible for a semitruck crash include the trucking company, maintenance teams, loading and securement employees and even other drivers. Learning the cause of the crash may help to determine who to hold liable when you seek compensation. 

1. Driver fatigue

Long hours on the road and pressure to meet tight delivery deadlines can lead to driver fatigue, impairing reaction times, decision-making abilities and overall driving performance. In some cases, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

2. Equipment failure

Semitrucks have numerous components that require regular maintenance and inspection. Equipment failures, such as brake malfunctions, tire blowouts or steering system failures can lead to accidents if not detected and addressed in a timely manner.

3. Poor weather conditions

Semitrucks are more susceptible to adverse weather conditions like heavy rain, snow, ice, fog or high winds. These conditions can reduce visibility, impact vehicle control and increase stopping distances, leading to a higher risk of crashes.

4. Distracted driving

Like all drivers, semitruck operators can be distracted by a variety of factors, such as using a mobile phone, adjusting the radio or navigation system, eating or engaging in other activities that take their attention away from the road. Distracted driving increases the likelihood of accidents, especially when operating large vehicles that require more attention and skill to maneuver safely.

5. Inadequate training or experience

Operating a semitruck requires specialized training and a commercial driver’s license; however, some drivers may lack sufficient experience or may not have been adequately trained in handling various driving situations, such as navigating tight turns, managing steep grades or driving in heavy traffic. This can result in accidents caused by poor decision-making or a lack of skill in controlling the vehicle.

It’s possible for victims of big rig crashes to file a claim for compensation to help offset the costs of the crash. You must determine the cause so you know which parties to hold liable This should be done swiftly as Iowa has strict time limits for filing.