The following excerpt is from Lawyers.com, written by Paul G. Tolzman:
The following are some of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents:
Poor Maintenance: Federal regulations require all operational semi-trucks to be properly maintained and kept in good condition. If certain parts malfunction, like brakes, tires, or engines, it can result in very serious accidents. Truck companies must comply with federal regulations and perform regular maintenance checks on all trucks.
Distracted Driving: Distracted driving can be dangerous no matter what type of vehicle you are driving, but when truck drivers are distracted, they can cause devastating accidents. Whether it is using a cell phone while driving, changing the radio station, eating, checking the GPS, or talking to another passenger, these are all forms of distracted driving. Due to the nature of the job and the long, tedious hours on the road, this is a common problem among truck drivers.
Driver Inexperience: If a driver has not been properly trained, or has very little experience driving a semi-truck, the risk of causing an accident increases. However, while many companies cover the costs of trucking courses, too often they send new drivers out on the road with little experience because they can pay them less than a more experienced driver.
Improper Loading: When cargo is loaded improperly, uneven weight distribution can lead to jack-knife accidents. This can happen when individuals load the truck too quickly, or if inexperienced packers do not know how to load the cargo so that the weight is evenly distributed.