Common Causes of Car & Truck Accidents

April 20, 2012 by

Practically all car accidents that are not caused by equipment failure can be avoided if drivers use reasonable and ordinary care factoring in their driving conditions.  Below are some of the most common causes of passenger car accidents:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving/cutting in and out of traffic
  • Ignoring road conditions
  • Talking on a cell phone/texting while driving
  • Generally not paying attention
  • Failure to maintain vehicle mechanically

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck drivers are “professional drivers”, so they should be held to a higher standard than your ordinary driver of a personal passenger vehicle.  Despite this label of being a professional, the safety record in the U.S. trucking industry is abysmal. Below are common causes of serious trucking accidents:

  • ·         Jackknifing
  • ·         Stopping distance
  • ·         Blind spots
  • ·         Turning accidents due to wide turns
  • ·         Equipment failures
  • ·         Driver error
  • ·         Driver fatigue
  • ·         Substance use
  • ·         Defective equipment
  • ·         Over-weight trucks
  • ·         Over-loaded trucks
  • ·         Failure to have proper maintenance
  • ·         Failure to have proper inspection
  • ·         Unsafe operation of truck


Many people do not realize that they can sue the truck driver and/or his company after they are injured in a truck accident in Texas.  All trucks driving the roadways of Texas are required to have insurance for this purpose.  It is unlikely that any victim involved in a truck accident will walk away unhurt. 

Many trucking companies even have their own team of investigators who arrive at the accident scene within minutes so they can begin to plan their defense.  It is important to document the cause of the auto or truck accident, if you become a victim.  Don’t expect the at fault driver or trucking company to simply admit fault.

Our ebook, “Car & Trucking Crashes, 10 Secrets Victims Should Know to Protect Their Rights” is designed to give you guidance in pursuing your legal rights if you have been in a car or truck accident.  Whether you choose to hire Marc Whitehead & Associates or not, we hope that this ebook prevents you from becoming a victim twice!  Call us at 713-228-8888 or visit us on the web at