What are Three Common Causes of Accidents Involving Large Trucks?
Posted on December 19th, 2014 by Admin
It comes as no surprise that accidents involving large trucks are usually the most devastating type of motor vehicle accidents — often resulting in serious injury or death. By understanding the most common causes of truck accidents (where the truck driver is at fault), you gain valuable information that may someday help you avoid an accident. In the event you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident, seek legal counsel from a Georgia truck accidents lawyer at your first opportunity.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the three main types of critical events that the study assigned to large trucks were:
- Trucks running out of their lanes or off the road (32 percent)
- Loss of vehicle control based on driving too fast, cargo shift, truck system failure, bad road conditions or other reasons (29 percent)
- Colliding into the rear end of another vehicle (22 percent)
Any of the above three events can cause a rollover accident where the out-of-control truck rolls over onto its side or roof. Other vehicles in the truck’s vicinity can collide with it or be crushed when the truck rolls over. Therefore, if you notice a truck running off the road, keep your distance and prepare to drive defensively to avoid an accident. Steer clear of big rigs that are speeding down freeways or roads. Also, if you notice that a truck is tailgating you, take action to get away from it. Let it pass you or turn off the road so it can go by.
The Cochran Firm Atlanta has helped countless clients deal with truck accidents and we are very familiar with all types of collisions involving large trucks.