Truck accidents can happen on Ohio roads for a variety of reasons. The following are among the most common factors that cause them.
Although many trucking companies use speed trackers or speed limiters on their trucks, not all are equipped with this technology. Commercial trucks are equipped with complex braking systems compared to those in passenger vehicles and take longer to come to a stop. This, coupled with speeding, can make it a dangerous situation, leading to a catastrophic truck accident.
Aggressive driving is another huge factor that causes truck accidents. If the driver follows too closely behind another vehicle, it can lead to deadly consequences. A large truck requires plenty of space between it and the vehicle in front of it to slow down and stop. Also, truckers who ignore the rules of the road, cut off other vehicles and fail to yield are driving aggressively.
Distracted driving is a problem no matter what, but it’s even more dangerous when a truck driver does it. If the trucker is too focused on their cellphone, GPS system, eating or anything else that takes their attention off driving, it can lead to a truck accident, serious injuries and, perhaps, even death.
Unfortunately, it’s common for truckers to drive while fatigued. They work long hours and often don’t take rest breaks. This can lead to big rig accidents. Even though there are rules regarding truckers taking breaks, many trucking companies have strict deadlines.
Any weather condition that reduces visibility and makes the road slick can cause truck accidents. Rain, snow, ice, fog and wind can make driving tricky. A truck can lose traction on the road and even tip over, which can be disastrous for the truck driver, other drivers and the cargo.