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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Determining the cause of an accident is incredibly important for establishing liability in truck accident cases. Let’s look into common factors that lead to truck accidents.


When you have been driving for a long time, it can be easy to doze off. Truck drivers are typically on the road for long stretches of time, even for multiple days in a row. A lack of quality sleep may cause the driver to experience extreme fatigue, thus hindering their ability to focus on the road.


Because of the size and weight of commercial trucks, it is crucial that drivers follow speed limits. Going over the speed limit can lead to truck rollovers on curved roads.

Over-speeding may also cause the driver not to have enough time to brake when needed. The faster the speed, the longer it takes for the truck to reach a complete stop. This could cause the truck to drive into the car ahead of them, even if the driver is attempting to brake.

Lack Of Experience

Driving a commercial vehicle requires a special license. However, even after obtaining a license, there is still experience needed on the road. An inexperienced or poorly trained driver may not follow the proper safety protocol and could cause an accident.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving doesn’t only occur in passenger vehicles. Commercial truck drivers may use alcohol or other drugs before getting behind the wheel. The driver may have delayed reaction time, blurred vision, or other effects that inhibit their driving.

Distracted Driving

Talking on the phone, adjusting car settings, texting, or other distractions could cause the driver to lose control of the truck.

Weather Conditions

Heavy rain, wind, or snow may lead to decreased visibility for the driver and difficulty controlling the truck. Truck drivers must maintain low speeds and drive cautiously when traveling during unpleasant weather.

Truck Maintenance

According to the FMCSA and NHTSA, about 29% of all truck accidents are related to brake failure. Neglecting to properly maintain and check brakes, tires, and other parts of the truck is unsafe and can lead to serious accidents.

Scranton Personal Injury Attorney

Proving liability in truck accidents is tricky. At Rogan Law, our experienced personal injury attorney can help you collect evidence and build your case. Give us a call today at (570) 906-8532 to get started with a free initial consultation.