Truck accidents happen regularly and for a wide variety of reasons in and around the Philadelphia area. The Lassen Law Firm, Pennsylvania truck accident attorneys, handles all truck crashes at the low contingency fee of only 29%
When driving a truck, it's important to know when and how these truck accidents occur so that you can prepare for the chance of them occurring, both physically and mentally. Check out some of the most common reasons truck accidents occur, listed below.
Driving too fast and losing control
This can be the cause of an accident with just about any type of vehicle of course, but trucks are more prone to losing control because of their misbalanced weight distribution. This is the case with both larger trucks and pick-up trucks. Due to the fact that pick up trucks have nothing in the beds most of the time, excessive speeds and turning at excessive speeds especially can cause a truck to spin out and cause an accident. This often happens to people who have never driven a truck before or just don't have a lot of experience driving trucks. So if you're just starting to drive a truck, make sure you take it slow and easy at first, until you really learn how to drive the truck confidently at higher speeds.
Inclement Weather Conditions
Driving a truck in inclement weather conditions, especially in and around the Philadelphia area, is definitely a leading cause of truck accidents. Ice on the road can make any vehicle lose control but trucks and their misbalanced amount of weight due to the beds or the trailers they are hauling will lead to this happening much more easily. Rain is also a factor, as anything that makes the traction worse on the road can affect a truck more than a standard car. One of the best ways to deal with this, other than having a lot of practice at driving a truck, is to get a new set of all weather tires put on the truck itself, to do everything you can to ensure traction remains solid in any weather condition possible. Also, if it's really bad out, sometimes you just don't want to drive.
Trucks are meant to haul things and sometimes truck owners go a little too far in what they try to haul. This doesn't mean they shouldn't try to move bigger things with their trucks or stuff the backs or trailers to capacity—but if they do, they are much more liable to have an accident. This added amount of weight can make a truck slower or more difficult to control in the event of an accident. For example, a truck that is less full is much easier to stop quickly than a truck that is weighed down and filled with heavy materials when they are travelling at the same speed. This is something that every truck owner should keep in mind when they are loading up their truck to drive a long distance. While it may be a fine drive for a certain distance and amount of time, it's important to ask yourself whether the truck can survive all possible driving circumstances with so much stuffed into it. Being defensive and cautious is always better than having an accident.