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Trucker behaviors that may lead to wrecks

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Truck Accidents

Semitruck crashes can devastate occupants of smaller vehicles because trucks are so large and heavy. Truckers must drive safely to prevent unsafe conditions from arising unnecessarily.

When a wreck with a semitruck occurs, a victim may opt to pursue a compensation claim. Determining what led to the crash is often a central concern in such cases, as fault can’t be determined until the accurate causes of the crash itself have been made clear. The following are several common trucker behaviors that contribute to many of the truck crashes that occur on U.S. roads.


A trucker engaging in activities that take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or mind away from driving can lead to catastrophic outcomes. Common distractions include using a cell phone, operating the radio or navigation system, communicating with dispatchers, eating and interacting with electronic logging devices.


Fatigue significantly impairs a trucker’s ability to drive safely because it affects reaction times, decision-making abilities and overall attentiveness. Long hours on the road, irregular sleep schedules and the monotonous nature of driving long distances can all contribute to driver fatigue. The hours of service regulation limits driving hours and mandates rest periods, but those might be skirted around sometimes.


Impairment from alcohol, prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs or illegal substances can severely affect a trucker’s judgment, coordination and reaction times. Despite strict regulations and severe penalties for driving under the influence, incidents of impaired driving continue to occur, posing a significant risk to truckers and all road users.

Improper load securement

Improper load securement can lead to shifting or loss of the load, which can cause the truck to become unbalanced or create road hazards for other vehicles. In extreme cases, it can lead to jackknifing, rollovers or collisions with other vehicles. Ensuring that cargo is properly distributed and secured according to safety standards is essential for preventing accidents related to load issues.

Victims of semitruck crashes may suffer catastrophic injuries that lead to intensive medical care needs, which can be costly. Seeking compensation is often possible, so seeking legal assistance to determine who to hold liable for damages is beneficial for victims. State laws limit how long they have to file a claim, so swift action is critical.


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