Truck accidents occur at an alarming rate in Montana and across the United States. People are seriously injured and killed in tractor trailer accidents more often than some may think. When people understand the common causes of truck accidents, they may be able to avoid becoming involved in an accident and could save lives in the process.
Hazardous drivers are one major precursor to truck accidents. In some cases, motorists are not aware that these heavy vehicles cannot stop as fast as smaller vehicles. Drivers who pull out in front of trucks run the risk of causing an accident. Also, trucks should be given room to make wide turns and drivers should avoid pulling up next to them. Finally, motorists should keep out of truck drivers’ blind spots to ensure truck drivers can see them at all times.
Inclement weather conditions, such as fog, rain, wind, snow and ice can also cause serious, life-threatening injuries. Truck drivers that are distracted, speeding or driving in an inappropriate manner in bad weather conditions may run into trouble. Large trucks can jackknife, slide, hydroplane or tip over in these kinds of conditions.
Finally, vehicle malfunctions and poor maintenance can cause chaos on the roads. If a component of the truck should fail, the truck driver and everyone else on the road runs the risk of being injured or killed in an accident. Truck drivers and trucking companies are responsible for inspecting their vehicles and maintaining equipment so that there is not a failure on the road.