From April 2001 to December 2003, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Office of Research and Analysis (FMCSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study called the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS). Both organizations took a look at 120,000 large truck crashes that took place during the said period, and all of the samples involved revealed the involvement of a large truck.
There are many factors that can lead to the road crashes involving large trucks, a classification which includes semi trucks. As the study cited, these factors do not only involve those that arose seconds or minutes before the accident; they may have already taken place months prior to it. These include the truck operator’s driving skills and experience; the vehicle’s design and overall quality of manufacturing; as well as weather and road conditions.
As for immediate causes, they include driver error, tire blowout, sudden inclement weather, fatigue, driving under the influence, and speeding. And because one of the factors that can cause serious accidents involve tires blowing out, it is a must to have a routine semi truck tire repair and maintenance.
Many accidents that involve trucks result in the vehicle rolling over, wherein they overturn or tip over. Tractor trailers and semi trucks are extremely vulnerable to such accident, as the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reported. Most of these unfortunate incidents are due to the vehicles’ high center of gravity, combined with the instability of their loads or cargos.
Any type of vehicular accident can result in serious consequences, including property damage and injuries. However, the worst scenario involves fatalities. Trucks that roll over can crash into other vehicles on the road, resulting in many people sustaining injuries – with both short- and long-term life effects – and even deaths.
Though not all road accidents are preventable, many of them are. Fleet owners and managers should ensure their operators have undergone proper training and that their vehicles are in great working condition.