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Causes of Truck Accidents

In the United States, there are approximately five thousand people killed each year in truck accidents. For the victims of truck accidents, trying to understand and prove who is responsible and what actually caused the truck accident can be very complicated. When large trucking companies are involved, it is a safe bet that they will have their own truck accident attorney on hand to try and shift any blame away from their driver or their poorly maintained truck. This would prevent the victims from receiving the damages that they deserve, or compensation for their injuries. For this reason, it is very important for anyone who has been involved in a truck accident to follow a few simple steps in order to protect themselves.

  1. As in any accident, call 911 or emergency services first so that they can be en route in case you or someone else has been injured.
  2. Gather as much information as possible from any witnesses at the scene of the accident.
  3. Be sure to have the name of the truck driver, the name of his or her company, and any other information concerning the truck that may be useful.
  4. Take photographs of the area and the vehicles.
  5. Call experienced truck accident lawyer Neil Burns to help protect your rights.

What Causes Truck Accidents?

There are many factors which can contribute to trucking accidents. If we can understand the causes of most trucking accidents, then we can go a lot further with a goal to prevent them. With this in mind, the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a study of the causes of commercial trucking crashes. The National Traffic Safety Administration was also involved in the study. After carefully investigating almost one thousand truck crashes they determined some of the following key causes of the collisions. The first set is a list of driver errors:

Driver Errors Which Cause Trucking Accidents

  1. The driver panicking in dangerous situations, freezing or overcompensating in driving.
  2. Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  3. Truck drivers following too closely.
  4. Truck drivers who are going too fast for conditions, or misjudging the speed of others.
  5. Truck driver fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel.
  6. Crossing into the wrong lane or driving off the road.
  7. Distracted driving, such as texting while driving, answering a cell phone, reading a computer screen or GPS, adjusting the radio or truck citizen band radio.
  8. Failure to maintain all of the components of the truck’s braking system.
  9. Driver overloading of the truck with cargo.

Tire and Breaks Causing Truck Accidents

  1. Manufacturing defects in the tires or brakes.
  2. Using two different kinds of tires on the same axle.
  3. Driving on substandard tires that do not meet the United States Department of Transportation guidelines.
  4. Using worn tires.


Unfortunately, anyone can be the victim of a truck accident. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a trucking accident, give the law offices of Neil Burns a call today at 617-227-7423.