Most Common Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents

In 2016, there were 11,301 tractor-trailer accidents on Illinois roads. Many factors contribute to these often devastating collisions, from distracted drivers to broken equipment. Knowing the most common causes of tractor-trailer accidents will not stop them from happening. However, you may have a better idea of how to get compensation from the truck drivers and their companies.

Driver Error

Studies over the years have shown that driver fatigue is the number one cause of truck accidents. Many drivers work longer hours than allowed by law, sometimes due to pressure from their employers. Switching from day driving to night driving and back again can also cause slower reaction times. Other driver errors include driving while impaired or intoxicated and simply not following traffic laws.

Equipment Failure

Any number of things can fail on an 18-wheeler. That’s why things like tire blowouts and brake failure are major causes of tractor-trailer accidents.

Poor Weather

Snow, ice, and thunderstorms are just a few of weather-related causes for semi-truck collisions. Poor travel conditions like icy roads make it harder to drive cars and trucks. However, the average stopping time for a truck is much longer than that of the average car. Truck drivers need more time to adjust to a sudden weather-related problem. Also, trucks may be more likely to drive during inclement weather because it’s a job – they have to deliver their load to get paid. This pressure may cause drivers to take chances that end in collisions.

Cargo Shifting

Trucks often carry very heavy loads of potentially unstable materials. Carelessly packed loads may shift during transit, causing items to fall off the truck into traffic. In some cases, the driver may lose control, causing the truck to sway dangerously or even tip over.

No Matter the Cause, Tractor Trailer Accidents Can Lead to Serious Injuries

If you or someone you know has been injured in a semi-truck accident, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You may have only two years to file a personal injury lawsuit under Illinois law. However, your personal injury attorney may be able to work with the insurance company to get the compensation you deserve or file a lawsuit if necessary.

Osvaldo Rodriguez has more than 20 years’ experience helping people like you. Schedule a free initial consultation or ask a question by calling us at 708-716-3441 or by completing the Contact form on our website.

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We represent clients throughout the state of Illinois, including Chicago, Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, and Northlake.

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