The Top Ten Causes of Tractor Trailer Crashes

Posted on October 16, 2012

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I found this post very informative for our truck driving readers.

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Anyone who lives in North Central West Virginia has experienced the truck traffic on I-79.  Unfortunately, truck crashes do occur and, when they do, often times, people become injured.

n 2007, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a groundbreaking report that showed the true causes of large truck collisions. Titled “The Large Truck Causation Study,” it is the first to examine all accident causes that contribute to commercial truck crashes. Researchers looked at a nationwide sample of 967 crashes. In these accidents, at least one truck was involved. They included 1,127 large trucks and 959 other types of motor vehicles. Deaths totaled 251 and injuries 1,408. Below are the top ten causes of the large truck accidents studied.

  1. Surprisingly, driver fatigue was not as common as expected. Instead, drug use was the most common cause of accident. In 26% of the crashes, prescription drugs or illicit drugs affected…

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