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Causes of Semi Truck Crashes

Annually, people die in the thousands in collisions involving semi trucks. Many of these victims are individuals in vehicles, which are ill-equipped to withstand an accident with a truck superior in weight and strength.

An analysis of statistics regarding truck accidents result in a discovery that approximately 5,000 individuals in vehicles are killed every year involving semi truck accidents.

Approximately 700 individuals are killed each year in semi truck crashes.

Over 60 percent of fatal accidents involving semi trucks were pulled by one trailer. Among these, over 30 percent of the collisions entail single unit traps. Nearly 5 percent of the collisions involve vehicles of multi trailers.

Accident Causes

There is a host of reasons why accidents of this type can occur. Given the substantial weight of the vehicle, however, the difference in weight of any semi truck, and the other passenger vehicle, as well as the traveling speed of the vehicles, accidents can cause severe injuries, and at times, fatalities.

Drivers of trucks are namely susceptible to being distracted while driving, considering the long hours they work, as well as the tedious nature of operating a truck.

Drivers of trucks may want to entertain themselves, and become distracted while driving. These truck drivers are not permitted to use cell phones while operating a vehicle.

Inadequate training or driver experience is another common reason for accidents involving semi trucks. At times, trucking companies pay for new motorists to complete courses involving trucking, and then place them quickly behind the steering wheel of vehicles, which are very large and dangerous.

These drivers, however, may not be familiar with the type of vehicle which they are assigned to drive. To some trucking companies, inexperienced drivers appeal to them because the novices typically charge less per mile than drivers who are more experienced.

The underlying costs, however, linked with employing inexperienced truck drivers are an increase in likelihood that the driver of the truck will injure someone inadvertently through this lack of experience.

At times, the cause of the truck accident is from an improper loading of cargo, which goes on the truck. Quickly, these individuals may load a truck, so that the driver can get to his or her destination in good time.

Packers who lack experience may not comprehend how to distribute properly the weight. These errors can lead to jackknifing of a semi truck, or the truck having difficulty in maneuvering.

Injured individuals in a collision involving a semi truck may want to consult with a personal injury truck accident attorney with experience.


Among the leading causes of all injuries, vehicle accidents result in 6 million collisions reported here in the United States. Approximately 30,000, among these, would be referred to as fatal.

Crucial vehicle collisions can leave immense emotional scars on those who have sustained these injuries. Individuals who witness automobile crashes can be affected as well.

If you or a loved one suffer an injury in a vehicle collision, you should immediately contact an experienced automobile injury attorney. A lawyer can evaluate your case, and provide assistance to discover if funds are owed to you to cover vehicle injury expenses. Contact us for a free consultation or call Anzalone Law Firm PLLC, at: 603.548.3797.

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