U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show that an average of nine people per day are killed and nearly 202 people are injured by semi-trucks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a large truck is one that weighs more than ten-thousand pounds. An 18-wheeler can weigh more than eighty-thousand pounds. Often times, these huge commercial trucks can weigh up to forty times as much as a car.
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents
- Improper Training
- Negligent Supervision
- Unlicensed Driver
- Disobeying Safety Procedure
- Motor Vehicle Inspection Failure
- Repair & Maintenance Failure
- Failure to Yield the Right of Way
- DUI / DWI
- Driver Fatigue
- Truck Rollover
- Backing Up/Moving in Reverse
- Collisions with Cars
- Mechanical Defect
- Brake Failure
- Tires Blow Up
- Transporting Equipment with Trailers
- Overloaded Trucks or Trailers
- Loads that Shift Weight
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