California relies on truckers to ensure the state’s economy thrives. Yet the substantial number of truckers on the road results in high numbers of fatal truck driving accidents. Additionally, each year more than 3,000 truck accidents cause personal injuries. Becoming aware of the potential causes of truck driver accidents allows you to work towards preventing them.
Time of day
Semi truck accidents can occur during any part of the day or year. However, certain periods statistically see greater numbers of truck accidents.
Consider the following statistics about the timing of truck accidents:
- More than half of fatal truck driving accidents occur between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Truck accidents occur more frequently during midweek.
- More truck accidents occur on Thursday than any other day of the week.
- Winter’s poor driving conditions may increase accidents.
Causes of truck accidents
Motor vehicle crash involving trucks occur for a variety of reasons. The most common causes of an accident include:
- Poor weather
- Poorly trained drivers
- Lack of vehicle maintenance
- Driving while distracted
- Fatigued driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Failure to observe road signs
- Insecure loads
Although a truck accident can occur anywhere, certain areas have a higher chance of a crash. Truck drivers typically slow down and observe the potential hazards when entering a highly populated area. As a result, fewer accidents occur within city limits. Rural areas and highways create the greatest opportunity for truck accidents. With all the reasons for vigilance removed, truck drivers may engage in risky driving behavior more frequently. In addition, tired drivers may fall asleep at the wheel more often.
No matter how safely you drive, you may become injured due to a truck driver accident. Truck drivers, loaders and hiring companies may all be responsible for the accident and your injuries.