How Truck Drivers Cause Victims to Suffer Serious Injuries or Death in Head-On Crashes
When a truck hits a much lighter and smaller passenger vehicle head on, the results can be catastrophic. These accidents were a leading cause of truck accident victims’ deaths in 2016—causing 639 deaths, which was 31 percent of all fatalities. Many victims who survive sustain life-altering injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, paralysis, back injuries, and internal organ damage.
Major Causes of Head-On Collisions
Like many other types of truck accidents, the major cause of a head-on collision is truck driver error. Common mistakes truckers make that cause them to cross the center lane and collide with your vehicle include:
Wide turns. When a trucker makes a turn that is too wide, his rig can cross over into a lane of oncoming traffic.
Curves. Because of the large size and weight of a truck, it can be difficult to navigate a curve. If the trucker is speeding, he can lose control and veer over the center line.
Improper passing. If a trucker is attempting to pass a slower vehicle on a two-lane road, he can cause a head-on collision if he misjudges that he had sufficient time to pass.
Distracted driving. When truckers talk on a cellphone, text, eat and drink, or engage in other distracted driving practices, they are not focusing on their driving, and a head-on collision can be the tragic consequence.
Drowsy driving. Truckers drive for long hours without a break. If they fall asleep at the wheel or are fighting to stay awake, their truck can head into oncoming traffic without them realizing it until it is too late.
Intoxication. Being intoxicated due to drug or alcohol use when driving a truck is especially dangerous. It can lead to the trucker driving the wrong way on a highway entrance or exit ramp, falling asleep at the wheel, speeding, and engaging in other unsafe actions that can cause you or your loved one to be injured in a wreck.
Jackknife accident. In a jackknife accident, the truck’s trailer swings out from behind the cab right into oncoming traffic—often in multiple lanes of traffic.
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