Think you know what caused that Missouri truck accident you just passed? The answer may actually surprise you.
While the general public typically associates truck crashes with tired or aggressive drivers, those factors cause fewer truck crashes in Missouri than some seemingly mundane influences.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a widespread study on truck driver crashes nationwide. Released in 2007, this study ranked the top ten causes of truck accidents in the following order:
Both prescription drugs and illegal drugs are included in this category. Drug use contributed to a staggering 26 percent of truck crashes resulting in serious injury or death.
Truck drivers are constantly under pressure to get to their destination as fast as possible, often leading them to make up time on the road. For that reason, it's little surprise that speeding caused 23 percent of the crashes.
Unfamiliarity With the Roads
Some truck drivers may get to know a particular route after several runs, but as a general rule, most are unfamiliar with the roads they travel on any given day. This factor contributed to 22 percent of crashes involving trucks.
Over-the-counter medications (such as cold, flu or allergy relievers) affected truck drivers' abilities to drive so much that they contributed to 18 percent of the accidents in the study.
The sheer size of semi-trucks and 18-wheelers naturally equals larger blind spots. Truck drivers who failed to see a vehicle in their blind spot caused 14 percent of truck accidents.
Often thought to be the biggest cause of truck accidents, fatigue was actually the sixth-biggest cause, contributing to 13 percent of all accidents.
Whether done on purpose or accidentally, traffic violations contributed to 9 percent of the wrecks.
While we typically think of internal distractions such as cell phones, the 8 percent of truck accidents in this category were largely attributed to external distractions, such as roadwork.
Failure to Stop to Avoid a Crash
It takes extra time to stop a semi-truck or 18-wheeler. A truck driver's inability to stop in time contributed to 7 percent of crashes.
On the road for hours at a time, truck drivers are certainly not exempt from losing their patience; aggressive driving due to road rage caused another 7 percent of the accidents.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a serious Missouri truck accident, you should speak with an attorney who can help you get compensation. For a free consultation with our St. Louis truck accident attorneys, call Alvin Wolff Jr. at 877-241-1020 today. Don't forget to pick up your copy of our book, The Guide On How To Pick a Lawyer.