In Indiana, accidents involving trucks are much more dangerous than those that involve cars or SUVs. Trucks have much more mass than any other vehicle, and they can cover multiple lanes when they crash, making them a major threat if they lose control on the road.
Common causes of truck accidents
Truck accidents can originate from different sources. Some of them involve mistakes by the driver. For example, speeding, failing to leave a large gap and being inattentive can all lead to an accident because the driver could not react to a change, such as a lane change by another vehicle.
Other accidents have their roots in the practices of the trucking company. Improper care and upkeep can result in a truck that has a breakdown or a failure of a mechanical component, which can cause a crash. Poor practices around timing or a badly managed schedule can lead to trucks that are overloaded or drivers who are asked to work too many trips without rest. Factors like these can make it harder for the driver to control the truck.
There are legal protections in place to ensure that drivers get enough sleep and don’t have to tow an unsafe load. However, crashes can still happen due to driver error or companies that intentionally violate those rules. Trucks have to share the road with other drivers, so truckers need to keep in mind that they have the most dangerous vehicles compared to those around them.
A truck accident is a large risk to everyone on the road, and they can originate from many different possible causes and factors. Following an accident, it’s important to determine the cause and who was at fault.