Even when the roads are relatively empty, there are usually a lot of big rigs out there making deliveries across the nation. These days, commercial truckers are busier than ever — and that may put some strain on their ability to do their job safely.

Given that 74% of fatal car accidents involve a big rig and the fact that truck wrecks have steadily been on the rise for a decade or longer, it’s always wise to understand how these kinds of accidents happen.

Some of the usual causes of commercial truck accidents include:

  • Speeding, which may happen in an effort to make tight deadlines
  • Tire defects (which are estimated to cause 30% of truck-related incidents)
  • Driver fatigue, especially when drivers are being asked to work unusual hours or are traveling alone in the wee hours of the night or early morning
  • Distracted driving, which can occur even when a trucker is sipping coffee or trying to follow an electronic guidance system in an unfamiliar area
  • Improper technical maneuvers, including things like sliding into another lane, following too closely on the tail of another vehicle and over-correcting the wheel on a turn
  • Careless or reckless driving, especially when a driver uses some kind of substance (alcohol, prescription drugs or nonprescription drugs) that impairs their judgment and abilities

The harsh reality is that it only takes a single mistake for a semitruck or other commercial vehicle to cause a devastating accident. Trucking companies can be held responsible for a driver’s mistake. If you are injured in a wreck with a semi or your loved one is killed, find out what can be done to ease your financial burdens.