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The main causes of truck accidents in California

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2022 | Truck Accidents |

Truck accidents can be some of the most devastating motor vehicle accidents on the road due to their size and weight. However, there are a variety of reasons why these accidents happen.

Driver error

One of the main examples of driver error is distracted driving, which is typically described as any activity that takes a driver’s focus off the road. There are three main types of distraction: visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), and cognitive (not being mentally focused on driving). All three of these distractions can contribute to a truck driver not paying attention to the road and, as a result, cause an accident.

Poorly maintained trucks

A truck is composed of many different parts that must all be in good working condition in order for the truck to operate properly. When one of these parts is not functioning correctly, it can put the driver and other motorists at risk. For example, if a truck’s brakes are not properly maintained, the truck may not stop as quickly as it should in an emergency situation, which could lead to an accident.

Inclement weather

Inclement weather can make driving conditions more difficult and, as a result, increase the risk of accidents. For example, if a truck driver is driving in heavy rain or snow, visibility may be reduced, making it more difficult to see other vehicles on the road. Additionally, slippery roads can make it more difficult for a truck to stop or turn, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle accident.

Road conditions

Poor road conditions can also contribute to accidents. For example, if a road is poorly lit or has large potholes, it can be more difficult for a truck driver to see and avoid obstacles. Additionally, if a road is narrow or has sharp turns, it can be more difficult for a truck to maneuver, increasing the risk of an accident.

While you cannot control the actions of other drivers on the road, there are some things you can do to help avoid being involved in a truck accident. For example, make sure you are always aware of your surroundings and give trucks plenty of space when driving near them. Additionally, avoid distracted driving and only drive in good weather conditions if possible. Lastly, be aware of the condition of the roads you are driving on and avoid driving on roads that are in poor condition.