Accidents involving semi trucks are some of the most serious auto accidents that can occur. When a semi truck makes a sharp turn and loses its center or gravity, it can turn on its side and either fall on or slide into other cars, causing large pile ups and serious injuries. Direct collisions can be even worse, resulting in extensive injuries and death.

When a semi trailer truck collides with a car, the results are hardly ever positive. The size of these trailers is usually enough to cause serious damages to passengers in the smaller vehicles, and they can destroy these cars easily. While drivers and passengers in the other vehicle may be seriously hurt or even killed, many truck drivers walk away from the accidents without a single injury.

Why Are There so Many Crashes Involving Semi-Tractor Trailers?
Driving while fatigued is the number one safety issue facing the trucking industry and is a factor in almost 40% of all crashes in the U.S. The drivers for these trucking companies are under considerable pressure to move the cargo as quickly as possible, making 16 hour days not uncommon. Studies have revealed that 20% of semi tractor trailer drivers on the road had reported that they had fallen asleep at the wheel within the last 30 day period. There are Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations which address the hours of service that drivers are allowed to log. Unfortunately, many trucking companies find ways around these restrictions or flat out choose to violate the regulations, putting us all in danger. Many times, in order to keep their jobs, truckers have no choice but to keep the wheels moving.
Truck-car collisions often involve some type of neglect on the part of the truck driver, the trucking company, or both. The most common causes of these crashes is poor training, drivers falling asleep at the wheel, improper or no maintenance of the truck or trailer, improper loading or aggressive driving, including speeding.
Sometimes trucking companies hire incompetent or unskilled drivers and fail to provide appropriate training. These trucks are 10,000 pound monsters, are very hard to maneuver and are very unlike a passenger vehicle in their behavior. It takes great skill and experience to drive one safely and responsibly...

Common causes of truck accidents include the following:
Defective truck equipment/mechanical failure: State and federal regulations require trucking companies to keep their trucks in proper working order and follow regular maintenance checks. Defective equipment can lead to tire blowouts, brake failures and other problems.
Overloaded trucks/unsecured loads: Overloaded trucks and unsecured loads can cause the truck to react poorly, erratically and dangerously. Loads can topple over or fall off trailers and cause accidents.
Truck driver fatigue/driving hour log violations: Truckers are required to follow driving hours regulations and record their hours in a log. Driver fatigue is a frequent cause of serious trucking accidents.

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    • charls seal
      charls seal

      I feel for the trucker at 7:45

      about 5 months ago
    • Frowlinian
      Frowlinian In reply to charls seal

      +n u ... wut? He was stopped in the second/third lane over perpendicular to traffic then cut across to the exit after 2 trucks crashed...

      Giving the benefit of the doubt he mightve spun out or something but that's not what it looked like.

      about 4 days ago
    • n u
      n u In reply to charls seal

      +Frowlinian they never missed their exit, they merged correctly into the exit ramp, the others were on the shoulder, illegally.

      about 4 days ago
    • Frowlinian
      Frowlinian In reply to charls seal

      +n u idk man, that white car that's just stopped in the middle if the highway because they missed their exit; causing two trucks to crash then just driving off was pretty shitty...

      about 7 days ago
    • Overwatch Mercy
      Overwatch Mercy In reply to charls seal

      On one hand, the trucker should have braked sooner but on the other the guy in the car should've just gone on to the next exit and made a loop around instead of slamming on their brakes

      about 10 days ago
    • a a
      a a In reply to charls seal

      He had all damn day to slow down, he wasnt paying attention

      about 12 days ago
    • Brandon’s Life
      Brandon’s Life

      When you’re late for work and all of the sudden, this happens... 7:08

      about 1 day ago
    • UnbeltedSundew

      8:03 that was an incredible dodge by the cam car. Wow. Saved their lives, that's for sure.

      about 1 day ago
    • UnbeltedSundew

      I don't understand people who just stay beside trucks and in their blind spots, either speed up and get out of the danger zone or slow down and get out of the danger zone...

      Heh, Danger Zone.

      about 1 day ago
    • gia valentini
      gia valentini In reply to UnbeltedSundew

      UnbeltedSundew - Exactly! Some people have no respect for big-rig operators. I think it's one of the hardest jobs out there, dodging danger on the hwys everyday.

      about 5 hours ago
    • Eric Richter
      Eric Richter

      8:00 Awesome driving. Didn't get hit head on and didn't over react and fly off the road.

      about 4 days ago
    • Josenildo Pereira Oliveira
      Josenildo Pereira Oliveira

      Os piores chofer de caminhão do mundo

      about 5 days ago
    • Random Boss
      Random Boss

      10:39 hope that trucker is ok

      about 5 days ago
    • Will Casey
      Will Casey

      Damn he done fucked dat nigga up

      about 6 days ago
    • SarsiPC

      9:03 "Oh I'm a good driver, I've never been in an accident!"

      about 6 days ago
    • alexander smith
      alexander smith

      Haha the dude at 44 secs is listening to the Ben Shapiro show fucking legend🇺🇸

      about 6 days ago
    • J Coz
      J Coz

      3:00 - I'll bet that video was taken on a Friday afternoon.

      about 8 days ago
    • Gary York
      Gary York

      I drive an 18 wheeler. the driver at 7:30 was at fault here. he was going too fast for the traffic conditions. i doubt if he's driving now.

      about 9 days ago
    • J Clar
      J Clar

      By using the title "common causes of accidents" this becomes an educational vid as opposed to just more mind rot

      about 9 days ago
    • Kevin Condna
      Kevin Condna

      1:43 OMG those poor people, can't imagine they survived that?!

      about 11 days ago
    • J McC
      J McC

      3:55 ...OK, Carvana is taking this car delivery straight to the consumer, way to literal! 😂

      about 13 days ago
    • Jason Huffer
      Jason Huffer

      1:50 that is why I always check my rear view mirror when stopped in traffic. And leave myself an escape if at all possible.

      about 13 days ago
    • John Doe
      John Doe

      6:48 a brown guy, no surprise

      about 14 days ago
    • r00d

      8:40 What movie is that from ? lmao

      about 16 days ago

      1:43 hopefully he didn't kill anyone an hope he lost his dcl license

      about 16 days ago
    • Violeta's Rockn Family
      Violeta's Rockn Family

      8:21 one lucky man..

      about 16 days ago

      I hope they don't die

      about 18 days ago
    • Errique Young
      Errique Young

      Watch the little white car at 9:04.......That sucks BIG TIME

      about 21 day ago
    • phrogairframerusmc

      I recognized Camp Creek Pkwy. Bad spot.

      about 21 day ago
    • Red FX
      Red FX

      That car hauler hurling towards me would empty my poop ASAP

      about 21 day ago
    • Alexia Mitchell
      Alexia Mitchell

      Why do people turn their wipers on after a crash?

      about 22 days ago
    • Jason Bryant
      Jason Bryant

      While it is terrible when these things happen, you got to realize that for the most part these big rig drivers are professionals. When something goes wrong, im more liable to blame the cars.

      about 24 days ago
    • Woutr Nick
      Woutr Nick

      Did that dickhead at 4:10 fucking cut off a firetruck and caused some pretty serious damage to it?

      about 24 days ago
    • DJ Scott
      DJ Scott

      Anybody wanna still ride a motorcycle?

      about 26 days ago
    • Denis Kissane
      Denis Kissane

      Watch the truck that starts the chain of crashes at 7:04. He puts the white car sideways which wrecks the camera car. At the end you can see him driving away trying to pretend like nothing happened. Biggest scumbag in the world

      about 27 days ago
    • Tom McCabe
      Tom McCabe

      What type of Agi is that at 3:30

      about 28 days ago