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4 common causes of truck accidents in Kentucky

On Behalf of | Sep 29, 2021 | Personal injury | 0 comments

The roads in Kentucky can be hazardous at the best of times, and motor vehicle collisions frequently involve trucks. The aftermath of trucking accidents can be catastrophic, particularly when smaller vehicles are involved. 

Numerous factors may increase the chances of an accident occurring. Consequently, some of the most common causes of accidents warrant further consideration. Outlined below are four of the most frequent sources of trucking accidents in Kentucky. 

Driver error

Humans are not immune from making mistakes, and truck drivers are no exception. Sometimes, drivers can go too fast, brake too late or hit the wrong pedal by accident. Vehicle operators may wish to combat this by ensuring that they have adequate training to use these larger vehicles. Additionally, avoiding distractions can be a useful way to reduce the chances of such errors occurring. Ensuring that distractions such as cell phones are kept to a minimum could go a long way towards preventing a collision.

Poorly maintained vehicles

Not only are maintenance checks a good practice, but inspections are also a legal requirement for commercial truck operators. Federal law requires truckers to maintain their vehicles and check inspection reports before embarking on their trip. Ensuring a high standard of maintenance could help truckers prevent road traffic accidents. 

Defective parts

Occasionally, even when operators have done their utmost, their equipment can still fail. Faulty equipment such as braking or suspension system failures and tire issues are common causes of accidents. 

Unsecured cargo

Improperly secured cargo presents significant danger. Loose items could obstruct the vision of a driver or stray onto the path of an oncoming vehicle. 

Being familiar with the most common causes of trucking accidents could help you avoid becoming entangled in one. Furthermore, if you have been in an auto accident, it is important to know your legal rights and protections.