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What Are the Common Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents?

Tractor-trailers are inherently dangerous due to their large size and weight. While the average passenger vehicle weighs about 2.5 tons, the average commercial truck weighs approximately 40 tons. That’s why when a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle collide, it’s not surprising that most fatalities occur with occupants of the passenger vehicle. In order to drive a commercial vehicle, an individual must obtain training along with a special license. Though training is mandatory, in 2018, approximately 4,136 people died in large truck accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the number of people who died from large truck accidents in 2018 was 31 percent higher than it was in 2009. The number of fatalities associated with tractor-trailer accidents is very disheartening. But luckily, drivers of all vehicles can work to reduce the risk by first acknowledging the most common causes of tractor-trailer accidents. 

Most Common Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents

The number of fatalities associated with tractor-trailer accidents is very disheartening. But luckily, drivers of all vehicles can work to reduce the risk by first acknowledging the most common causes of tractor-trailer accidents. 

1. Manufacturing Errors

Although we can control our own behavior, sometimes accidents cannot be controlled no matter how many precautions we take. Manufacturing errors are an example of something that is out of our control. Mistakes made during the manufacturing process, such as faulty brakes, can result in serious accidents. 

2. Distracted Drivers

Truck drivers spend the majority of their time behind the wheel. As a result, they become very comfortable with driving such a vehicle and often engage in other activities, such as texting or eating while they are driving. Looking away from the road or paying greater attention to something else can lead to a bad situation. 

3. Drowsy Drivers

Most states require drivers to stop driving after they have been on the road for a certain amount of time. They are encouraged to instead get some sleep, as it can prove difficult to focus with sleep deprivation. This lack of focus often leads to poor judgment and ultimately accidents. Drivers who are in violation of these regulations and exceed the number of hours they may drive at once face serious consequences. 

4. Neglected Maintenance

Vehicle maintenance is very important for every vehicle, but for trucks and tractor-trailers, maintenance neglect can have even more life-altering consequences. These truck owners are responsible for ensuring that the vehicles are up-to-date on their maintenance. When they fail to do so they can be held liable for any damages. 

5. Inclement Weather

Inclement weather can contribute to many vehicle crashes, as conditions such as rain and snow make visibility much more difficult, not to mention making driving all together dangerous. Though this holds true for any vehicle, big rigs are much more difficult to control when compared with smaller passenger vehicles due to their size. 

The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Those in Ohio Who Have Been Injured in a Tractor Trailer Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor-trailer accident, it can greatly impact many parts of your life. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced truck accident attorney. 

At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our Cincinnati personal injury attorneys have a long history of handling auto accidents and have helped our clients recover the compensation that they deserve. We will fight for what is in your best interest. We don’t charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today