Know the Common Causes to Reduce the Risk of Tractor Trailer Accidents

Semi-truck driving down a road at sundown

While all auto vehicles can be very dangerous, accidents involving tractor-trailers can be all the more heartbreaking. Due to their sheer size compared to the average passenger vehicle (40 tons and 2.5 tons respectively), unsurprisingly those inside of the passenger vehicles are more likely to die in a collision. 

Because of their inherent risk, in order to drive a commercial vehicle such as a tractor-trailer/truck, one must first obtain their commercial driver’s license. This also requires a specific amount of time training. Unfortunately, despite this mandatory training period, registered tractor-trailers in the U.S. account for approximately 10 percent of all traffic-related fatalities. However, knowing the common causes of these accidents can help to reduce the risk of them occurring. 

1. Distracted Drivers

One of the most preventable contributing factors to auto accidents of any kind is distracted driving. It’s easy to become a little too confident in your abilities behind the wheel when you have been driving for a while. However, all it takes is one brief moment of looking away from the road to take a bite of food or send a text message to result in catastrophic damage. It’s imperative that you always keep both eyes on the road.

2. Drowsy Drivers

Both eyes can be on the road, but if you haven’t had adequate rest and sleep, it may not even be enough. Sleep deprivation can result in supreme difficulty focusing, poor judgments, and ultimately accidents. It is for these reasons that most states require commercial drivers to stop and take a break (and get some sleep) after they have spent a certain number of hours on the road. Those who do not comply with this can face serious consequences. 

3. Failure to Maintain the Vehicle

It is extremely important for all vehicles to be properly maintained. Without proper maintenance, auto vehicles can fail to perform adequately. Neglecting maintenance on a tractor-trailer or truck can have deadly consequences. Since it is the responsibility of the vehicle owner to stay up-to-date on the vehicle’s maintenance, failure to do so can result in liability should any accidents and damages occur. 

5. Inclement Weather

Inclement weather can be very dangerous for all drivers. Conditions such as rain and snow can lead to slippery roads and difficulty controlling vehicles. Since larger vehicles are already more difficult to control than smaller passenger vehicles, driving in such weather can be very risky. However, if one must drive in inclement weather, it is important that he or she goes slowly, leave enough time to get from one place to another, and drive defensively (i.e. be prepared for other drivers to have difficulty controlling their vehicles).

5. Manufacturing Errors

While there are many things that we can do to prevent tractor-trailer accidents, like anything there are still factors outside of our control. One such factor is manufacturing errors. Sometimes mistakes are made during the manufacturing process that can have serious consequences. While we can’t control these mistakes, we can pay attention to any recalls. Manufacturers can be held liable for any accidents that occur due to manufacturing errors. 

MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Been Involved in an Auto Accident

If you or a loved one has experienced a tractor-trailer or other auto accident, it can greatly impact your life. It can be difficult enough dealing with extensive injuries (both mental and physical), but it can be even harder when you are left to pick up the pieces financially. You should never have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes. 

At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of truck and other vehicle accidents and understand the effects that such injuries often have on just about all aspects of your life. We will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

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