What are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?


18-wheeler accidents are among the most severe of all crashes. If you are involved in an accident with a big rig, you may suffer serious injuries and damages. The roads in and around the Houston area host many trucks every day. If you travel the roads daily, you will notice 18-wheeler accidents happening often. There are many causes of big rigs accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) keeps track of the most common, which we will discuss below.

Critical Events

Critical events are actions that put the vehicle on a path that makes it impossible to avoid a collision. Many events may be considered critical. The FMCSA identified the three top critical events in large truck crashes:

  • Running out of the travel lane
  • Loss of vehicle control
  • Hitting the rear of another vehicle

After a vehicle accident, the police will try to determine the cause. The cause of the crash is reported through the Texas Department of Transportation and recorded.

Critical Reasons

A critical reason for a crash is the immediate cause of the event. The issue leads to a critical event. For example, a tire blowout may be the critical reason that a driver lost control of the big rig. Critical reasons are categorized into three main categories. These include driver, vehicle, and environment.

  • Driver: Driver errors account for a large number of critical reasons. Driver issues may be due to non-performance, recognition, decision or performance.
  • Vehicle: Mechanical failures such as brake problems or a tire that blows out while driving is considered vehicle factors.
  • Environment: Conditions such as ice, rain, and snow are environmental factors that may cause a crash. In addition, road conditions such as debris or potholes are included in this category.

Associated Factors

There are numerous associated factors involved in truck accidents. The FMCSA has a list of the top ten associated factors in large truck accidents. These include:

  • Problems with brakes
  • Traffic flow issues
  • Use of prescription drugs
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with road
  • Problems with the roadway
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Required to stop before the crash
  • Inattention
  • Fatigue

The number of accidents related to inattentive or distracted driving has been on the rise across the country over the last decade. This may be attributed to the increased use of cell phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel.

If you have been hurt as the result of an accident with an 18-wheeler, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. We have successfully represented hundreds of victims of truck accidents in Houston and across the state of Texas.

Contact the legal team of attorney Greg Baumgartner to discuss the details of your case.

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