When many drivers think about the leading causes of truck accidents, factors like truck driver fatigue and driver inexperience are likely to come to mind.
However, recent research has shown that truck drivers may be responsible for a much lower percentage of truck accidents than one might assume.
Two Recent Studies on the Causes of Truck Accidents
For example, a 2013 study conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute revealed that car drivers were at least somewhat responsible for the vast majority of truck accidents.
According to the study, truck drivers were partially or completely to blame for 27 percent of all truck accidents included in the institute’s research. Car drivers, on the other hand, were either partly or fully to blame in 81 percent of these accidents.
Similarly, the American Trucking Association used data culled from a handful of studies to show that car drivers tended to be responsible for some of the most serious types of truck accidents. According to a NHTSA study included in the research, car drivers were more likely to be responsible for truck accidents involving head-on crashes, rear end crashes and sideswipes. Truck drivers were responsible for the majority of backing accidents included in the study.
How Do Other Drivers Cause Truck Accidents
Several years ago, the Office of Motor Carriers of the Federal Highway Administration released a report underlying the types of irresponsible behaviors that were most closely linked to collisions between commercial trucks and other vehicles. According to the report, some of the most unsafe driver-related behaviors involved in fatal commercial truck accidents include:
- Running out of a lane or off of the road
- Failure to yield right of way
- Inattentive driving
- Reckless or erratic driving
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