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Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents

Tractor trailers can be seen on the highways of every state all across the nation. They are most often used to move goods from one location to another and as such, they simply cannot be avoided. And yet there are so many tractor trailer accidents in the United States each year that it's terrifying to even look at the figures. What is causing all of these accidents and what can we do about them?

Every 16 minutes, someone is killed or injured in a truck accident, with a disproportionate number of these involving a tractor trailer specifically. Of all of the traffic accidents, 65% of them include larger trucks and tractor trailers with a large percentage of these accidents happening in the states of California, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania. 68% of tractor trailer accidents happen in rural areas, which means it doesn't matter where you travel, you can encounter an accident with one of these trucks. Additionally, 68% of the accidents happen during daylight hours and 78% percent of them happen on the weekends.

Some of the most common causes of tractor trailer accidents include but are not limited to:

Most of these causes of tractor trailer accidents can be avoided. You cannot control what a tractor trailer driver is doing when he is on the road but you can be involved by always using extreme caution when you are sharing the road with one. By giving them a wide berth and allowing them to go around you or by simply staying away from them, you will hopefully avoid being involved in one of the many tractor trailer accidents that will unfortunately occur both in the US and internationally.

 

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