Avoid truck accidents by knowing the common causes

New Jersey gets its share of truck accidents each year, which makes it common for people to worry about what exactly is going wrong. In situations like these, the question remains as to who is at fault. Some might say it’s the trucker’s fault while others might blame the other driver. However, determining fault is not that easy.

There are many factors to account for in every accident. Some of these are the time of day, speed of each vehicle, impairment of drivers, vehicle maintenance records, distraction and many more.

Truck crashes in New Jersey

In September 2019 alone, there have already been two truck accidents. These crashes caused slowdowns on New Jersey’s north and westbound high ways. The first accident occurred on September 8, 2019, near Woodbridge. A tractor-trailer hit a concrete barrier and caught fire. The driver of the vehicle died.

On September 22, 2019, another accident involving three tractor-trailers and a taxi caused delays in traffic. One of the trucks overturned and while the causes were unknown, people still wonder why this keeps happening. Are truckers not being careful enough? Are the roads too narrow? Are there too many or not enough pavement barriers?

Are truck crashes increasing?

Truck crashes are not limited to just New Jersey, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) large truck crash statistics, injury crashes involving large trucks have increased from 56,000 in 2010 to 102,000 in 2017. The crash statistics also reported on the number of people injured in truck-related accidents per year. The number of truck-related accidents nearly doubled between 2010 and 2017, from 80,000 to 148,000. This problem isn’t going away any time soon.

What causes truck accidents?

The FMCSA also reported that the factors relating to truck accidents vary widely. As mentioned earlier, it can be hard to determine who’s at fault at times. It could help to take photos of the scene, request truck maintenance records and truck driving data. However, obtaining these could be difficult, so knowing what factors could contribute to crashes could help all drivers be more careful on the road. Some of these factors include:

  • Trucker’s experience and training
  • Truck designs and manufacture
  • Environmental factors such as the weather or traffic conditions
  • Speeding
  • Drinking and driving

Since it’s not an option to stop using transportation, being aware of the possible dangers you face when driving alongside large trucks could help reduce the chances of being in an accident.

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