A truck crash can occur for any number of reasons owing to mechanical failure, human error or natural events, such as inclement weather. Negligence often is a factor in some common types of fatal truck accidents. In these cases, a liable party may be held responsible in an injury claim or lawsuit.
Some of the most common factors that can contribute to or cause a fatal truck accident include:
- driver negligence or error (such as traveling at a high rate of speed, changing lanes without checking for other vehicles, operating while fatigued or turning left in front of an oncoming vehicle);
- operating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (a truck driver who operates while intoxicated is more likely to cause a fatal truck accident);
- distracted driving (such as when a truck driver texts, reads, eats, smokes or otherwise engages in distracting behaviors while driving);
- mechanical failure caused by manufacturer error or insufficient maintenance (faulty brake lines, steering malfunctions, lack of underride/override protection and so on);
- trucking company negligence (hiring poorly trained drivers, demanding truck drivers work beyond the legally allotted hours and so on); and
- poor road conditions (this may include snow, ice, rain, fog, poorly marked roadways and other hazards: poorly trained drivers or defective vehicles may be unable to react to such conditions and increase the risk of a fatal crash.)
A post-accident investigation may uncover these or other contributing factors. In many cases, there may be more than one cause. In some cases, there may be more than one liable party.