What are the Leading Causes of Large Truck Accidents in Pennsylvania?

semi truck driving on highway next to passenger vehicle
September 30, 2019
Legally Reviewed By Attorney Rand Spear, Esq.

Trucks are the largest vehicle on the road, making them also the most dangerous. Due to their massive size, trucks can cause many severe accidents on the road. These have the potential to lead to life-impacting injuries or even death to those involved. Because there are many trucks on the road at all times, it is important to understand how they can be dangerous in order to avoid possible accidents with them. The main causes of large truck accidents are as follows:

Poor Judgement

Everyone is subject to human error when driving. However, it is important to be cautious on the road at all times. Any driving errors can lead to accidents. This can include driving too fast, improper lane changes, making dangerous turns, and following other vehicles too closely.

Distracted Driving

Because of a truck’s immense size, it can be more difficult to control than a passenger vehicle. It is because of this that if a driver is not giving the road their full attention, they may not be able to slow down or navigate the vehicle in time to prevent an accident from happening.

Impaired Driving

According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS), the third leading cause of truck accidents is non-performance errors. This could be if a truck driver operates the vehicle while drowsy or under the influence. It may also be the case if they suffer from a medical condition such as a heart attack, seizure, or stroke while driving.

Vehicle Malfunction

It is possible for a truck or parts of it to be defective and malfunction. In these situations, a third party may be liable for causing an accident instead of the driver. This can include the following parties:

  • The motor carrier
  • The maintenance contractor
  • The cargo loading company
  • The manufacturer of the vehicle or its parts

Poor Conditions

It is an unfortunate truth that not all roads are in the best condition. Some examples of poor conditions that can cause accidents may include:

  • Broken or crumbling concrete
  • Large potholes
  • Unmarked curbs
  • Soft shoulders
  • Oil slicks
  • Missing guardrails
  • Narrow lanes
  • Sharp ramps
  • Malfunctioning stoplights
  • Weather conditions (rain, snow, fog, etc).

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