While it is easy to see why we need semi-trucks on our streets and highways to deliver the goods that keep our store shelves stocked, that does not mean truckers always drive safely. Some truckers drive recklessly or negligently, leading to a truck accident. There are a variety of common causes of truck accidents.
Critical event crashes
Researchers for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration classify truck crashes as either critical event crashes or critical reason crashes.
A critical event crash means something put another vehicle or the trucker’s vehicle on a course that made a crash inevitable. The critical event is attributed to whatever vehicle started the action that caused the collision.
For example, if a trucker drives into another lane, this is a critical event that can lead inevitably to a crash. Another example might be a trucker who loses control of their vehicle due to speeding, cargo load shift, mechanical breakdowns or poor road conditions. A third example of a critical event crash is a rear-end collision.
Critical reason crashes
Some truck crashes are considered critical reason crashes, which means certain conditions were present. These can include conditions of the driver, the vehicle or the environment. One example of a critical reason crash is trucker non-performance. For example, the trucker fell asleep or had an immediate medical emergency. Distracted driving can also be a critical reason behind a crash.
The trucker’s decisions can also be considered critical reasons behind a crash. For instance, speeding and tailgating can be critical reasons. The driver’s panic, overcompensation or poor directional control can also be critical reasons.
Many factors play a role in a truck crash
We can categorize truck accidents as either critical event crashes or critical reason truck crashes, but ultimately there are many factors that play a role in truck accidents in Connecticut. Because many truck crashes are very multifaceted it can help to discuss your truck accident incident with a personal injury attorney to get their opinion on your situation.