How 18 Wheeler Accidents Can Occur

Due to the sheer size and weight of the vehicles, truck accidents in Texas often involve serious consequences. In 2014, the Institute for the Insurance of Highway safety reported that there were 587 deaths due to large truck accidents in the United States. The United States Department of Transport reports that highway cases cause $230.6 billion in damages each year. In Texas, truck accidents can include in a variety of places including highways, entrance exit ramps, and small roads. This article will show the types of damage truck accidents cause in addition to the consequences from these commercial vehicle accidents.

Factors Leading to Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can occur in a variety of ways, including:

  • Driver’s Condition. There are a variety of physical factors of truck drivers that can lead to truck accidents including driver’s who have not met the requirements of a physical, drivers who are ill and passed out or blacked out, drivers who were tired and fell asleep at the wheel, drivers whose emotional problems impact driving performance, and drivers who operates vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Failure to Obey Driving Conditions. Many truck accidents can be caused by driver failure including failed to remain in the proper lane, failure to obey traffic directions, failure to follow signal intentions, failure to yield, and failure to back up properly.
  • Operation Errors. Locked wheels and operating without required equipment frequently leads to roadside accidents.
  • Poor Driving Ability. Many time a driver’s poor driving ability leads to truck accidents. This poor driving inability can include aggressive driving, cell phone usage, operator inexperience, driving too fast for conditions, driving the wrong way, erratic driving, improper distance passing or turning, over correcting the truck, and driving despite being unfamiliar with the roadway.
  • Roadside Conditions. There are numerous driving conditions that can lead to roadside accidents including roadside debris, visual obstruction, curves on the road, and weather conditions.

Types of Truck Driving Accident

These factors can contribute to several different types of truck driving accidents in Texas, some of the most common types of truck driving accidents include:

  • Brake Failure Accidents These events refer to when trucks fail to brake properly causing the truck to collide with other vehicles or property.
  • Improper cargo securement. Improperly loaded cargo can become dislodged leading to accidents or a truck flipping over. This loosened equipment can also become scattered on the road behind a truck leading to accidents.
  • Improper turning
  • This event occurs when the truck’s cab ends up facing the opposite direction of the trailer. Jackknifing frequently resulted when the truck’s axle brakes lock up leading to the trailer skidding out of control. Equipment failure and adverse weather conditions can also lead to jackknifing.  
  • Rear-End. These types of accidents can involve when a truck collides with the back of another vehicle, which can prove potentially devastating.
  • The most common type of truck accidents, rollovers result when a truck improperly rounds a curve in the road.
  • Runaway Trucks. A runaway occurs when a truck fails to brake properly. Uncontrollable trucks can lead to potentially great damages.
  • T-Bones. This type of accident refers to when a truck crashes headfirst into the side of another vehicle.
  • Under-Ride. Under-rides refer to when a truck quickly brakes, which causes smaller vehicle truck to collide with the truck’s rear.

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