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Why Are What Are the Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

Scott Monge

For the most part, truck accidents are caused by the same contributing factors that lead to other motor vehicle accidents – speeding, intoxication, distracted driving and driver fatigue.

Other common causes include following too closely, drifting out of lanes, exceeding shift limits as dictated by the FMCSA and failing to yield at left turns, red lights and stop signs.

While those causes describe irresponsible driver behavior, negligence can also be attributed to the truck company or third-party agency that is charged with truck maintenance. Federal rules specify that truck parts must be regularly inspected, including the brakes, tires, lights, steering mechanisms, horn, windshield wipers, mirrors, coupling devices, wheels and rims and emergency equipment. However, there have been cases where companies have failed to comply or have even encouraged drivers to falsify log books to show that inspections happened when they did not.

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