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Top 10 Causes of Truck Accidents

Jan
21,
2007
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As the interstates and highways continue to become more populated, we can expect a rise in motor vehicle accidents. Even though trucking companies have improved their safety training, new statistics show an alarming rate of truck crashes. For years, news items have focused on driver fatigue as playing a major role in these incidents.

As a professional in over the road trucking, it does not matter how many years or millions of miles one have accumulated. According to the 2006 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s report, about one in 20 drivers will be involved in an accident. The study also shows that there are roughly 141,000 truck crashes every year, and 77,000 of these was the direct fault of the truck driver.

Many factors come into play concerning truck accidents. The media loves to portray the trucker as a death machine gunning down the highway. Driver fatigue has been mentioned many times over, but now we can see the facts.

Top 10 Causes of Truck Accidents

1. Prescription Drug Use 26%
2. Traveling Too Fast 23%
3. Unfamiliar with Roadway 22%
4. Over-the-counter Drug Use 18%
5. Inadequate Surveillance 14%
6. Fatigue 13%
7. Illegal Maneuver 9%
8. Exterior Distraction 8%
9. Inadequate Evasive Action 7%
10. Aggressive Driving Behavior 7%

Even though truck driver training has improved somewhat, there appears to be the need for continual education concerning medications. I am always surprised when I hear about a truck accident and the culprit turns out to be something as simple as cough medicine! Truck driving schools and trucking companies use a three minute video during their classes showing the dangers of drugs and driving. This 180-second video is basically useless. Many new, inexperienced drivers just getting started in their truck driving career, need to fully understand the importance of applying simple over-the-counter drugs with a 80,000 pound machine. Quarterly safety meetings and updated printed material mailed to the driver on a regular basis, are just a few ways to keep this important fact imbedded in their thought process. There needs to be a continual reiteration of the facts to the drivers. And, the facts are that medications and truck driving jobs just do not mix.

About the author:

Aubrey Allen Smith is a veteran over the road driver with 29 years experience in the trucking industry and is an expert in areas of transportation and consultation on truck driving jobs. For more information, please visit the Truth About Trucking.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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5 Responses to Top 10 Causes of Truck Accidents. - Post a Comment

  1. Rick

    Nice website .
    Just wanted to comment on this real quick . I have never driven to or through Los Angeles without seeing a rig laying on its side in the middle of the freeway. I noticed this has become more common these days.

  2. admin

    It must be recently, because I’ve been through there quite a few times and I don’t remember it being that bad.
    Of course , it has been awhile (8 years) since I’ve driven on the west coast, and times do change. But thanks for telling me. I’ll make sure it’s at least another 8 years!……..:)

  3. […] Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, fatality crashes between cars and large trucks are the fault of the driver of the car . . . 71% of the […]

  4. Eric G.

    Top 10 Causes of Truck Accidents

    1. Prescription Drug Use 26%
    2. Traveling Too Fast 23%
    3. Unfamiliar with Roadway 22%
    4. Over-the-counter Drug Use 18%
    5. Inadequate Surveillance 14%
    6. Fatigue 13%
    7. Illegal Maneuver 9%
    8. Exterior Distraction 8%
    9. Inadequate Evasive Action 7%
    10. Aggressive Driving Behavior 7%

    This report FAILED to state Interior Distractions: playing with the Radio/Stereo, playing with a Laptop, Qualcomm, DVD player, Eating, Drinking Fluids, SPILLING Fluids, Smoking, etc.

    • Allen Smith

      This report did not FAIL to list these distractions, because it was a report listing only the top 10 causes of accidents based on their study. There, of course are many other causes of accidents . . . this report focused only on the top 10 causes found. ** As a side note – coopsareopen.com is an excellent site … we have included this site in the driver’s resource page of the iPhone app: “Trucker” . . . everyone should check it out . . .

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