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Why do head-on truck collisions occur?

| Feb 2, 2021 | Trucking Accidents |

A head-on collision may lead to a disastrous accident as two vehicles crash directly into one another. At high speeds on Maryland roads, the impact has the potential to cause a fatality. When one vehicle is a heavy truck, the mass and weight could crush a smaller vehicle. What might cause a head-on truck collision?

Factors contributing to collision

Many of the factors contributing to fatal truck accidents are associated with all car crashes. Speeding undermines safety on the road, which is one reason why police pull over speeding vehicles. Considering the extended amount of time it may take for a tractor-trailer to come to a halt, speeding creates even more risks.

Fatigue and intoxication may cause accidents as well. A driver tired from lack of sleep or even a cold might suffer from weakened reaction time or could pass out. The same may occur when the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Distracted driving comes in many forms, and the arrival of smartphones and integrated vehicle technology might bring forth even more distractions. Even drinking coffee at the wheel could come with a risk for distractions and a subsequent accident.

Trucks and added dangers

Besides a tractor trailer’s massive bulk compared to passenger vehicles, there’s another factor to consider: Drivers work long hours on the roads. A truck driving battling an illness or distractions for many hours on the road might present dangers. In addition, long drives and thousands upon thousands of miles add wear and tear to a vehicle. If brakes or other components fail, an accident may occur. In some instances, the truck could crash into oncoming traffic, leading to a head-on collision.

Several factors may contribute to head-on truck and car accidents. If negligence contributed to the accident, the injured party might consider filing a lawsuit to seek compensation.