Trucks are an important part of the United States economy. The more of them you see on the roads of America, the better the economy is performing. Trucks can be a hassle to other vehicles on I-80 through Brookville. They speed, they tailgate and they change lanes often. Large trucks are almost always seen involved in some sort of accident in Pennsylvania. That’s why we will look at common causes of truck accidents in this post.
Driver error is one of the most common types of truck accident causes. Drivers might drive under the influence, drive drowsy, drive distracted, drive too fast and might not understand the type of load they are hauling. Truck drivers need to keep safe distances from other vehicles in order to avoid many types of accidents.
The weather can also be a cause of truck accidents in Pennsylvania. In the winter, truck drivers have to combat snow, ice, fog and blowing snow. In the spring and summer, it’s heavy rain, wind, flooding and debris. The fall brings wet leaves, fog and even more rain.
If the cargo wasn’t properly loaded onto the truck, it could lead to an accident. For example, top-heavy loads could cause the truck to tip over when it is making a left or right turn.
Poor maintenance of the truck could lead to an accident. For example, the tires could blow because they haven’t been properly rotated or replaced. The brakes could fail if they are too old and the engine could die if it hasn’t seen an oil change in years.
Being involved and injured in a truck accident can change your life. You might not be able to return to work, you could face months of rehabilitation and you might even be out of work for the rest of your life. Be mindful of where trucks are positioned around you on the road so you can avoid them as best as possible.