5 Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents

Semi-trucks are gigantic and can result in catastrophic accidents. Unfortunately, crashes continue to take place despite increased awareness, vehicle safety, and stricter laws.

Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents


Most truck drivers are under constant pressure to make quicker deliveries. Moreover, huge semi-trucks react slowly to changes in speed, which can result in an accident.


Many drivers don’t get adequate sleep. Others fail to comply with federal and state regulations to keep tired and drowsy drivers off the road, making driving dangerous.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving goes beyond just texting while driving. It includes eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, and fiddling with the stereo, among others.

Driving While Impaired

If truckers drive under the influence of alcohol, opiate painkillers, marijuana, illicit drugs, or any other substance that impairs reflexes, they can cause accidents.

Vehicle Failure

Technical truck errors, like brake failure, faulty coupling systems, and other mechanical failures which result from poor maintenance, can lead to serious accidents.


Understanding the various causes of semi-truck accidents can help you and your truck accident lawyer fight for justice and the monetary compensation you need and deserve.

Henriksen & Henriksen Law is a leading and trusted semi-truck accident law firm in Utah.