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Semi-Truck Wrecks : What causes an accident?

Any type of auto accident can be dangerous and cause harm to you and your loved ones. When dealing with tractor-trailers and other large trucks, the risk is even greater. So whether you are driving down Tennessee’s I-65, or driving your family for a summer vacation, it is important to be aware of your surroundings to help keep you and your family safe.  Below we will take a look at the most common causes of semi truck accidents.

Driver Related Factors In a Semi-Truck Accident

A lot of people have dealt with some of these issues, but when you are in a vehicle weighing up to 80,000 lbs (at least 10,000 lbs ) it puts others in serious danger considering most people are driving cars weighing more around 2,000 lbs.

  • Impairment: This can include a variety of things. Illness, fatigue, alcohol use, illegal drug use, prescription drug use, over the counter drugs,
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Running out of the travel lane, either into another lane or off the road
  • Vehicle loss of control due to traveling too fast for conditions, cargo shift, vehicle systems failure, poor road conditions, or other reasons
  • Colliding with the rear end of another vehicle in the truck?s travel lane
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Not paying attention
  • Following too closely
  • Driver fatigue-could lead to poor judgment or slow reaction times
  • Physically Impaired due to health: Heart attack, seizure or other issues
  • Illegal maneuver
  • Inadequate evasive action (did not take steps an experienced driver should take to prevent an accident and avoid injury or damage)
  • Aggressive driving behavior
  • Unfamiliar with vehicle
  • Driver’s lack of experience
  • Conversation (on phone,radio,or person in the cab)
  • Under pressure to operate even under fatigue
  • In a hurry prior to crash
  • Self induced legal work pressure
  • Upset prior to crash (drivers emotional state)

 Work Related Issues

  • Under pressure to accept additional loads
  • Under pressure to operate even under fatigue
  • Required to accept short notice trips
  • Work schedule pressure


  • Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
  • Roadway Related Factors (construction zones, roads in disrepair)
  • Weather Related Factors
  • Sight Obstructed by Road/Other Vehicle
  • Other Vehicle Obscured (by Glare/Headlights, etc)

Issues with the vehicle or rig:

There is also the possibility that a vehicle related problem, or issue  with the truck load contributed and perhaps cause the accident.

Some of these are:

  • Brake Failure, or other brake problems
  • Cargo shifts and causes vehicle control loss or Cargo not being secured correctly
  • Vehicle system failure leads to vehicle control loss
  • Blowout,flat tire,tire deficiency
  • Wheel falls off
  • Jackknife
  • Overweight
  • Light Failure
  • Vehicle causes obstruction of driver’s view
  • Engine, Fuel System, or Exhaust Deficiency
  • Transmission Failure
  • Reflective Tape Missing/Obscured
  • Suspension frame deficiency
  • Problem with the towing unit

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