Causes of Indiana Trucking Accidents

Truck accidents may result from various circumstances, or a combination of multiple factors. In many cases, accidents with semi trucks happen after traffic laws have been violated. Traffic violations that may lead to an accident include speeding, failing to yield, improper turning or lane changing and driving too closely to another vehicle. The risk of big truck accidents is much greater with 18 wheelers than with passenger vehicles because trucks have more mass and corrective actions require more time and effort.

Driver error is one of the more common causes of truck accidents in Indiana.

Driver error is often due to one or more of the following conditions:

  • Fatigue or sleepiness
  • Intoxication
  • Reckless driving
  • Improper loading
  • Lack of training

Of these causes, one of the leading causes of accidents is fatigue. Laws are in place to help guard against driving without sufficient sleep. Truck drivers are required to go off duty after 14 consecutive hours of driving, and they may not log more than 60 hours of driving in a seven-day period. In addition, drivers are required to go off duty for 34 consecutive hours after a seven or eight day duty cycle. Truckers will often keep 2 sets of books, to log the real time driven, and the “legal” time driven.

Another common cause of truck accidents in Indiana is truck equipment failure. Commercial trucking companies or truck owners are required to perform regular maintenance according to a specific schedule. This maintenance includes all of the following truck components:

  • Brakes
  • Fuel line
  • Wheels and tires
  • Engine
  • Lighting
  • Chassis
  • Hitches

Negligence in truck accidents is not limited to the truck drivers and trucking companies. Accidents may also occur because of road conditions or faulty road design. When roads are not maintained properly or are poorly designed, a government body may be found to be the negligent party in a truck accident. Get more information on current road conditions at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ky.htm