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Identifying the causes of large truck accidents

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When California motorists drive alongside tractor trailers on a daily basis, they probably don’t think that they will be involved in a catastrophic truck accident. Unfortunately, large truck accidents kill thousands of innocent people every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large truck accidents led to 3,744 fatalities in 2014 and 281 of those deaths occurred in California. At the Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, JR., we know that understanding the causes of tractor trailer accidents may help motorists to avoid these types of deadly collisions.

Truck drivers must be well-qualified and trained to operate massive tractor trailers, especially when navigating the road with other vehicles in inclement weather conditions. Drowsy, distracted and drunk truckers can threaten lives when behind the wheel of big rigs. Since truck drivers are paid per mile driven, they may be tempted to stay on the road for extended periods of time in violation of federal regulations. These fatigued truckers may find it difficult to adjust to heavy traffic situations, react to hazards in the road or respond to other motorists’ behavior.

In addition to negligent truckers, truck equipment malfunctions can also lead to disaster. Trucks that have not been properly maintained may have brake, engine, lighting and safety device malfunctions that could cause a serious accident, even with the most experienced trucker on board.

Other potential causes of truck accidents include improper weight distribution when loading trucks, bad weather conditions and the inability to respond to other motorists’ actions on the road.

To learn more about the causes of big rig collisions, visit our page on truck accidents. 

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