The Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Every year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reviews thousands of truck accidents and gleans valuable data from them. For every accident, the FMCSA collects data on over 1000 factors, including things like the behavior of the truck driver before the crash, during the crash, weather conditions, road conditions and more.

During this review, the FMCSA also looked at each crash to identify a critical event, which is defined as the event that put the truck:


“on a course that made the collision unavoidable.”


For every crash reviewed, the FMCSA also identified a critical reason for the crash, which is defined as:


“the failure leading to the critical event”


Included in this assessment are things such as driver error, equipment failure or weather conditions. At Sawan & Sawan, our family of truck accident attorneys has reviewed this data in an effort to better understand the most common causes of truck accidents. Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of truck accidents in America.

5) Over the Counter Drugs

17 percent of all truck accidents involved over the counter drugs that affected truck driver’s ability to remain focused and drive safely. Driver fatigue accounted for an additional 13 percent.

4) Inattention and Distractions

23 percent of all truck accidents were caused by distracted truck driver’s. This includes distractions both inside and outside of the truck – such as cell phones, radios and other accidents.

3) Rear End Collisions

The third most common cause of truck accidents are tractor trailers that rear end the vehicle in front of them. Rear end collisions can be the worst type of collision due to the particularly surprising nature of this type of accident.

2) Excessive Truck Speed

Over 29 percent of truck accidents involved a truck driver going too fast. This factor is heavily influenced by a number of factors – including cargo weight and positioning, brake failure and road conditions.

1) Leaving the Lane of Travel

The first category of most common truck accidents are collisions that occur because a truck left their lane of travel and went into another lane or off the road. Over one third of all truck accidents involved the truck leaving it’s lane of travel.

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