With I-10, I-30, I-45, US-67, and US-75, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is filled with major roadways that are common settings for truck accidents. So far, there have been 425 Dallas-Fort Worth truck accidents reported to the Accident Data Center.
Top 10 Causes of Truck Accidents
As with any motor vehicle, many of the main causes of truck accidents involve distractions or negligence on the driver’s part. But, due to the nuances of navigating a large truck — even down a straight stretch of highway — it can be difficult for even the most attentive drivers to remain accident-free.
According to Ryder, a truck rental and fleet management company, the top ten causes of truck accidents are as follows:
- The truck driver fails to adhere to the rules of the road
- The truck driver speeds or accelerates too quickly
- The truck’s tires are underinflated
- Cargo was either improperly loaded or is shifting during the drive
- The truck driver is fatigued and/or not given proper rest breaks
- The truck driver abuses a mind-altering substance
- The truck driver fails to brake quickly enough
- The truck hasn’t been properly maintained or repaired
- The truck driver cannot see other vehicles due to blind spots
- The truck driver is driving carelessly or recklessly
Another factor may be that drivers simply don’t understand how a few seconds of negligence can make a huge difference in their safety and the safety of others. This problem isn’t exclusive to truck drivers; all motor vehicle operators can easily forget that their actions on the road can change people’s lives forever.