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What are the most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents?

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2023 | Personal Injury

When a passenger vehicle gets into an accident with an 18-wheeler, it can be particularly devastating due to the size of the truck versus the other vehicle. Because of this, drivers of 18-wheelers and drivers of passenger cars need to be extra careful when maneuvering around each other.

Thousands of tractor-trailers traverse roads every day across the southern United States, including in Alabama. What are the most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents in Alabama?

Fatigued driving

Driving while fatigued is a big issue for all drivers, but especially for those who are in charge of transporting goods across the country. Although there are rules and regulations regarding how much rest truck drivers must take, this sometimes may not be enough to prevent tired driving. For example, some truck drivers may have to sleep in noisy or dangerous areas, which prevents them from getting a good night’s sleep even if they meet the required hours of rest.

Distracted driving

Driving while distracted is another culprit for 18-wheeler accidents. Distracted driving often involves behaviors such as:

  • Typing a text message while behind the wheel
  • Having conversations with people in the back seat
  • Grooming while driving, for example, brushing hair or putting on makeup

Distracted driving is dangerous because it is imperative that drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times, particularly when driving at high speeds or through bad weather.

By being aware of some of the most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents, all drivers can look out for each other and stay safe.