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Common causes of trucking accidents on interstates

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2024 | Truck Accidents

Driving a commercial truck safely on the interstate requires a lot of training and skill. Even the most experienced truck drivers may have trouble operating such a large vehicle, particularly at high speeds. Many trucking collisions on the interstate result in serious injuries and death to drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, and other parties on the road.

What are the common causes of interstate trucking accidents?

Most trucking collisions on the interstate occur as a result of the negligent actions of truck drivers. According to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), driver behavior was a critical reason for approximately 87 percent of trucking collisions. These driver behaviors were classified into four categories:

  • Nonperformance: Driver was physically impaired (e.g., fell asleep behind the wheel).
  • Recognition: Driver was not paying attention (e.g., engaged in distracted driving).
  • Decision: Driver made a poor driving-related decision (e.g., followed too closely or drove at an excessive rate of speed).
  • Performance: Driver failed to perform properly behind the wheel (e.g., exercised poor directional control).

In addition to the critical reasons listed above, the FMSCA also found several common associated factors. Some of the most significant associated factors included:

  • Brake problems.
  • Driving too fast for conditions.
  • Driver’s unfamiliarity with the road.
  • Roadway problems.
  • Driver’s use of over-the-counter drugs.

While truck driver negligence often contributes to trucking accidents on the interstate, there are several other potential causes, including:

  • Inadequate training.
  • Negligent hiring.
  • Defective equipment.
  • Failure to inspect trucks.
  • Failure to implement safety procedures.
  • Failure to follow federal regulations.

Trucking companies, truck owners, and maintenance companies, as well as truck drivers may be held liable for trucking collisions on the interstate. If you have been injured in a trucking collision, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.