• Causes of Trucking Accidents
  • September 21, 2017
  • Most truck drivers are conscientious, responsible, and safe behind the wheel because their livelihood depends on it. Even so, there are approximately 475,000 truck accidents every year that involve big-rigs. More than 5,000 fatalities and over 140,000 injuries result from those accidents. Although those numbers fluctuate every year, the number of fatal accidents involving large trucks continue to rise.

    Some of the common causes of truck accidents include:

    Distracted driving

    Excessive speed

    Poor judgment (such as driving in a blind spot)

    Driver error

    Tailgating

    In addition to the causes cites above, there are some other, lesser-known causes as well.

    Thursdays are the deadliest days on the road for truck drivers: That may be because by Thursday, many truck drivers are more exhausted mentally and physically, and perhaps stressed out as well.

    Most fatal truck accidents occur between 6:00am and 3:00pm. These are the busiest hours on the road for everyone, resulting in more traffic. Therefore, many fatalities can be attributed to reckless driving and human error.

    Location plays a major role. In 2015, 53 percent of fatal accidents involving large trucks occurred on major roads, 30 percent occurred on interstates or freeways, and 14 percent occurred on minor roads. The large number of fatalities on major roads suggest that higher speed limits are a factor.

    To avoid a potential serious injury from a truck crash, drivers must share the roads with big-rigs with respect and safety in mind. If you would like to learn more about trucking accidents and what to do if you have been injured, please call the New Jersey truck accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our offices are centrally located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, and we serve clients throughout New Jersey.