What are the Most Common Causes of Trucking Accidents in Colorado?
On nearly every highway and Interstate in Colorado, you will see a large commercial truck. These trucks go by several names, including big rigs, semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and semis. They are found hauling livestock, hazardous chemicals, and produce, and Colorado is a popular destination. These large commercial trucks are 20x the size and weight of the average car on the road, so when disaster strikes, motor vehicle occupants usually suffer severe and often fatal injuries.
While there are unique circumstances surrounding each trucking accident, the majority of trucking accidents are caused by:
- Truck driver error: According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), truck driver error is the cause of the majority of trucking accidents. Truck drivers may drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drive fatigued, or drive distracted. They may be inexperienced or improperly trained, which could lead to mistakes in handling these large vehicles on the road.
- Truck equipment failure: Trucking companies are supposed to maintain and inspect their vehicles on a regular basis to ensure that they are safe to operate. Defective tires, failing brakes, or faulty steering components can all lead to devastating accidents.
- Weather conditions: Poor weather and large commercial trucks generally do not mix. Snow, ice, and rain can make for slippery road surfaces that can be difficult for large trucks to drive on. These trucks are not able to stop as quickly as other vehicles, making bad weather even more risky. When a truck driver does not account for bad weather conditions, trucking accidents occur more frequently.
- Trucking company negligence: a trucking company has a responsibility to ensure the safety of all those on America’s roads by following the FMCSA trucking rules and regulations. This includes properly maintaining their trucks, not overloading trucks, and making sure that their drivers get frequent rest and adequate sleep. When a trucking company fails to do this, they put everyone in jeopardy. Falsifying driver logs, encouraging drivers to drive longer hours, and failing to fix or repair trucks promptly are all examples of trucking company negligence that could lead to a devastating Denver trucking accident.
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