The news seems to be full of stories about truck accidents. Why does it seem like there are so many accidents involving big trucks?

Our roads are full of trucks transporting goods from one end of the country to the other. It’s necessary for both consumers and businesses. Hundreds of big rigs are on the roads daily bringing various items to market ranging from new cars to dog food, lumber to tractors and fresh vegetables to oil. Given the number of semis on the road today, it is no wonder the accident statistics are dismal.

In the United States there are over 500,000 accidents involving trucks every year. There are a variety of reasons why tractor-trailer rigs get into accidents. Some of them include, but are not limited to:

  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving
  • Fatigue
  • Failure to yield
  • Not obeying traffic laws
  • Load violations
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving while under the influence
  • Driver inexperience
  • Oversize trucks
  • Poor roads
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Mechanical defects

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