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The Top 18 Causes of Truck Accidents in the United States

You were injured in a Virginia truck accident – but who was really at fault for the crash? The Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS), conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), examined 141,000 truck accidents across America in order to discover what the most common causes of truck accidents were when the truck, trucker, or truck company was at fault.

Here are the results:
  • Truck brake issues/equipment failure.
  • Driving too fast for the conditions
  • Trucker is not familiar with the area. 
  • The condition of the road. 
  • Driver is using over-the-counter drugs.
  • Driver is not watching the road/inadequate surveillance.
  • Trucker fatigue. 
  • Trucker pressured by employer. 
  • Driver broke a traffic law. 
  • Driver inattention. 
  • Distracted driving. 
  • Truck-tire failure. 
  • Trucker tailgating. 
  • Truck jackknifes. 
  • Cargo shifts in truck. 
  • Driver medical problem. 
  • Trucker using illegal drugs. 
  • Trucker under the influence of alcohol.

If you have been involved in a serious commercial truck accident, it is extremely important that you understand the underlying cause of the crash – whether it involves your actions, the actions of the trucker, or the negligence of the trucking company. A Virginia truck accident lawyer may be able to help you understand your case. To request a free, private consultation with a Norfolk personal injury attorney, contact Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan today.
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