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The Large Truck Crash Causation Study

Federal agencies exist in part to keep Americans safe by regulating different types of industries in an attempt to prevent accidents.  Two federal agencies work to prevent truck accidents and keep all drivers safe: the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The FMCSA and NHTSA teamed up to investigate the main causes of large truck accidents by conducting the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS).  This study looked at a sample of the approximately 120,000 large truck accidents that occurred over a period of two and a half years that caused either injury or fatality.  Though the results of the study may help to prevent some future truck accidents, accidents will still happen.  If you have been injured in an accident, call a Fayette County trucking lawyer to discuss your case.

The LTCCS confirmed what many attorneys and experts already knew: defining and determining causation in a truck accident is complicated.  Often, elements that contribute to truck accidents may have taken place hours, days, weeks, or months before the crash.  For example, if an accident is caused by a driver’s inexperience, the inexperience may actually be the fault of lack of training on the trucking company’s part, and the inadequate training may have taken place a long time before the accident.  Tracing elements and factors back to the original cause help determine where regulation needs to be strengthened or changed to prevent similar future accidents. 

The most common causes behind the accidents varied widely, though the top ten factors were:

  • Brake problems
  • Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue.

If you have been in a large truck accident that was not your fault, you should always contact a truck accident attorney no matter the cause.  The Law Offices of Shane Smith can help determine the cause and can help you recover.  Call today at 770-487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia