Trucking accidents in California are a major risk for every driver, because trucks have so much mass and force when they crash. There are some key factors that are associated with most of the trucking accidents that occur on the road, and therefore are important for drivers to understand.
Causes of Trucking Accidents
The first and by far the most common cause of a trucking accident is driver error. This might be sleepiness, not paying attention, or some other mistake. It just takes one mistake or a few seconds of inattention to cause an accident. The second most common factor is poor training. Training that doesn’t provide enough experience to handle driving situations can leave the driver without the right guidance on how to handle problems like breakdowns or bad weather.
The other three main causes are less directly connected to the driver. Equipment failure is a major risk. Trucks get a lot of miles put on them, and they carry heavy loads as well, so a lot can go wrong. The next cause is poor company priorities. A company that is not organized well will put people at risk with insufficient rest, overburdened trucks, and overlapping scheduling. Lastly, substance abuse is a real risk for drivers and can lead to crashes due to the symptoms of usage or withdrawal. Any of these can contribute to a truck accident that places anyone near the truck at risk.
Truck accidents are one of the most dangerous events on the road, and being aware of what can cause them is an important part of road safety for any driver in California.