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Driver Error, Rear-Ends, Sideswipes: Major Causes of Truck-Car Accidents

By Alpert Schreyer on August 21, 2012

Maryland Truck CollisionsWhen a large truck collides with a passenger vehicle, serious injuries may result. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common types of truck-car accidents include accidents caused by truck driver distraction, rear-end accidents in which a truck strikes a passenger vehicle, and sideswipe accidents in which a truck leaves its lane and hits another vehicle.

About 24 percent of semi truck accidents involve some kind of truck driver error, according to the NHTSA. Driver fatigue is the most common condition leading to driver error. Distraction is a close second, and it involves drivers who are busy dialing a cell phone, dealing with a GPS unit, or doing other things that take their attention off the road. Even a few seconds of distraction is enough to cause a serious crash, especially when a truck is traveling at full speed on a freeway.

The average tractor-trailer, fully loaded, weighs in around 80,000 pounds, compared to an average weight of 2,800 pounds for a passenger vehicle, according to the NHTSA. When these numbers are compared, it’s easy to see how, when a truck and car collide, the passengers in the car are more likely than the truck driver to suffer serious or even fatal injuries.

At Alpert Schreyer, our dedicated Maryland truck accident lawyers can help you investigate the cause of a truck crash and hold any negligent parties accountable. For a free, confidential case evaluation, call us today at (844) 632-7274.

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