Any type of accident between vehicles is dangerous. Adding any heavy-duty vehicle into the mix can be even more catastrophic. A heavy truck accident can increase the risk of serious injury or death drastically. The cost of injuries and damages is also amplified in a heavy truck accident. 

Causes of Heavy Truck Accidents

Common Causes of Heavy Truck Accidents:

  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired driving
  • Speed
  • Lack of experience
  • Failure to obey traffic rules
  • Poor judgment
  • Passenger Car Errors

It is important, especially when you are driving a heavy truck, to ensure you are safe to drive. You need to be  focused on the road and those around you. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, not paying attention could be catastrophic. It is also good to note that the faster you are driving, the longer it will take you to stop. When you are driving a heavy-duty vehicle, that fact is magnified. The heavier your vehicle is, the longer it will take you to come to a complete stop. The slightest distraction on the road could lead to a serious accident. 

Steps You Can Take to Prevent Heavy Truck Accidents

One way you can prevent a heavy truck accident is by allowing enough space between yourself and other vehicles. Leaving plenty of space between your heavy truck and the vehicle in front of you will allow more time for you to react. Another tip is to take your time while out on the road. Moving slowly and thinking through your decisions on the road, will allow more safety for yourself and others. Be mindful and cautious before moving lanes. Making sure you check your blind spots and look for vehicles around you is very important before changing lanes or merging. It is also good to note that you should not trust the passenger to spot vehicles or objects. Using a map or GPS system is helpful to prevent accidents but also can aid your time and prevent you from getting lost. If you know the direction to your destination, you are less likely to be changing lanes when out on the highway. The most important thing to remember is to not get distracted while driving. Texting and driving is a no-brainer, but some drivers still do it anyway. Make sure to not use your phone or any device that will make you lose your focus on the road. An accident can happen easily from a driver being distracted. 

Who to Call Following a Heavy Truck Accident

If you do run into an accident while out on the road, Massey Towing & Truck Service can help you tow your heavy-duty vehicle. We are a heavy tow truck service located in Dallas, TX and the surrounding area. A team of experts will be at your service with little wait time. We are also available to repair any damages your heavy duty vehicle may face. Contact us today.