Crashes involving commercial trucks – tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, box trucks, etc. – can be terribly destructive. The size and weight of a large truck help it to crush anything it hits, particularly at high speed and injuries from truck accidents are usually serious, long-lasting, and costly. While many truck drivers are safe, some drivers and trucking companies disregard the rules of the road and the safety of other drivers in the interests of profits. Here are many factors that play into the cause of a truck accident. Some common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Exhausted drivers who have been driving longer than permitted by the law

  • Transporting unsafe or improperly loaded cargo

  • Inadequate or total failure to maintain the truck.

  • Installing or failing to replace defective parts

  • Distracted driving due to texting, checking email, or changing radio stations

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances (including sleeping pills, such as No Doze)