What are the main causes of truck accidents in Ontario?

In Ontario, collisions between trucks and other motor vehicles happen for a variety of reasons, each of them unique to the circumstances surrounding the accident. Unforeseen issues like sudden weather changes or even poor road maintenance can cause a truck accident. There is little that can be done to avoid these situations aside from practicing safety at all times.

Other times, preventable problems such as truck driver fatigue can be pinned down as a cause of accidents. Trucking companies may encourage their drivers to adhere to unrealistic schedules, resulting in tired vehicle operators. Fatigue continues to play a role in Canadian trucking accidents despite vigorous attempts by the government to combat this issue.

Another factor that sometimes plays a role in truck accidents is a lack of driver training. Tractor trailers and other large commercial rigs require significant education in the areas of safe driving, defensive driving and operator technique. Without this training, heavy truck operators may not have as much driving skill as they believe, presenting potential hazards to other motorists.

Finally, the competitive trucking industry often utilizes systems of compensation that may cause drivers to travel faster and work longer than advisable in order to make a living. As such, these trucking companies may be just as much at fault as the truck's driver if a preventable accident occurs.

Until a time comes when truck accidents can be reasonably prevented, other motorists must continue to practice safety and be watchful of commercial trucks. In the event an accident occurs resulting in injuries, a personal injury lawyer can help victims identify the cause and take the appropriate legal action to receive compensation for out-of-pocket expenses.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed April 14, 2016

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