Most Common Factors in Tractor-Trailer Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) routinely scrutinizes tractor-trailer accident trends. This scrutiny includes frequent violations and frequent causes. This is the method by which new guidelines, training, and regulations are able to be applied so that we can start decreasing the number of unsafe trends and start increasing the trend of safe driving habits. Apropos of the most hazardous driving trends, the ones which all too often cause tractor-trailer accidents, we have made a list of the most frequent contributing components that all conscientious drivers should be aware of.
Common Contributing Elements to Commercial Truck Accidents
According to the study conducted by FMCSA, the top 10 factors that cause tractor-trailer accidents are:
- Improperly maintained brakes
- Disruption of traffic flow (gridlock, rubbernecking, wrecks)
- Illegal drug use on the part of the truck driver
- Driving too fast for current road conditions
- Being unfamiliar with the roadway/landscape
- Road hazards
- Disregarding traffic lights, crosswalks, or the right-of-way
- Prescription drug use on the part of the driver
- Insufficient monitoring and/or surveillance of drivers
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
The FMCSA classifies these elements known for causing truck accidents into the following four groups:
Non-performance: The truck driver fell asleep, was disabled by a seizure or some other kind of medical emergency, or was physically incapacitated for some other reason.
Recognition: The truck driver was inattentive, was distracted by something inside or outside the truck, or neglected to assess the situation properly for some other reason.
Decision: The truck driver was driving too fast for current road conditions, misjudged the speed of the vehicles around him, or followed other vehicles too closely (tailgating).
Performance: The truck driver panicked, overcompensated, or demonstrated inadequate control over his vehicle.
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