Commercial Trucking Accidents: Common Causes

  • There are a lot of semi-trucks on the road. They are vital to our transportation industry and our ability to purchase all types of goods at any store across the country.

    With millions of miles traveled every year, most truck drivers are safe and responsible. Still, truckers can make poor decisions or choose to drive recklessly. Also, semi-trucks can malfunction. In these situations, a truck accident may result.


    Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Crashes

    Some of the more common reasons truck accidents occur are detailed below.


    Distracted Driving

    Truckers are not immune to distractions. Doing things like talking or texting on a cell phone, eating, playing with the radio, and communicating with other passengers or truckers can cause them to temporarily take their eyes off the road.

    When other vehicles are around, this can lead to an accident that could be deadly. Since semi-trucks and their cargo can weigh around 80,000 pounds total, the weight of the truck makes it difficult to stop quickly, so if traffic conditions change and the trucker is slow to realize it, he or she may not be able to stop before hitting something.


    Truckers drive for long hours and often at night. This can lead to heavy fatigue that makes it difficult to concentrate and pay attention to changing road conditions—let alone be responsive to them. Accidents are often the result of a driver not getting enough sleep during the journey or getting insufficient rest in-between trips.

    Dangerous Road Conditions

    When road conditions are dangerous, a hill is too steep, the weather is bad, or some other road hazard is present, semi-trucks are more likely to get into an accident than a personal vehicle.

    Wide and Swinging Turns

    Semi-trucks need to make wide turns, and city conditions, there may not be enough space for this, which can lead to an accident.

    Blind Spots

    A semi-truck has a rather large blind spot and can easily collide with other vehicles when changing lanes or making turns because of it.

    Other Cars

    If another driver changes lanes and cuts off a semi-truck, the semi will not be able to slow down or speed up in time to miss running into that vehicle.


    It is possible for something to go wrong with a commercial truck or its tires, causing a blowout or malfunction that leads to an accident.


    Truck Accident Lawyer in SoCal

    If you have been in an accident with a semi-truck, you can file a lawsuit and receive compensation. To do so, you'll need the help of an experienced truck crash attorney.

    Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP is available to assist you. To reach us, call 1-844-404-2400 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation.