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What Are the 5 Most Common Errors That Cause Truck Accidents?

By Luke Dow on October 11, 2016

The vast majority of truck accidents involve human error. In fact, according to the Department of Transportation, driver mistakes are responsible for up to 87 percent of truck crashes.


Truck and roadAlthough there are countless factors that contribute to these collisions, these five mistakes are behind most truck wrecks:

  1. Driving while fatigued;
  2. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  3. Not checking blind spots;
  4. Speeding; and
  5. Depowering front brakes.
If you were in a truck crash that another driver caused, contact The Luke Dow Law Firm. An Austin accident attorney will help you avoid mistakes such as accepting a low settlement or unknowingly admitting fault to insurance adjusters.

Luke Dow will evaluate your accident, gather evidence and help you pursue the maximum compensation. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation. You can also visit to learn more about truck accident injury lawsuits in Texas.

Let’s take a closer look at five common errors that lead to truck wrecks:

  1. Driving while Fatigued
According to, fatigue is a leading cause of truck accidents in the United States. Commercial drivers often work long hours and drive through the night.

Fatigue can cause a driver to fall asleep or simply miss a traffic sign or fail to anticipate a dangerous situation. For this reason, there are federal and state laws that limit the number of consecutive hours a commercial trucker can drive. Unfortunately, many CMV operators overlook these rules in an effort to meet strict deadlines.

  1. Driving under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
Alcohol and drugs inhibit a driver’s judgment, coordination and reaction time, thus increasing the likelihood of crashing. For this reason, there are federal laws that require certain trucking companies to drug test their drivers.
  1. Not Checking Blind Spots
Trucks have larger blind spots than passenger vehicles, and a significant number of CMV accidents happen when truckers fail to survey their blind spots before changing lanes and turning.
  1. Speeding
Trucks are heavier than passenger vehicles, so they require a longer stopping distance. Speeding further increases a truck’s stopping distance, which can lead to a rear-end crash. In addition to following posted speed limits, truckers should maintain a longer following distance than passenger vehicles and adjust their behavior to the road and weather conditions.
  1. Depowering Front Brakes
Some truckers depower their front brakes to reduce wear and tear, thereby decreasing maintenance costs. They rely on the trailer brakes and downshifting to reduce speed. Unfortunately, this cost-saving trick increases the risk of causing a rear-end accident.

If you were injured by a negligent truck driver in Texas, contact The Luke Dow Law Firm. Luke Dow is an accident attorney in Austin who will help you claim compensation for medical bills, lost wages and non-economic damages.

Mr. Dow is board-certified in personal injury law. Schedule a consultation today by calling 512-518-4104.

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