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Why Fall Means More Truck Crashes

The last three months of the year always see more truck accidents. While there are a myriad of causes, including bad weather and a spike in holiday DUIs, cars aren’t the only ones getting into crashes. Trucking accidents also increase around this time of year, often with fatal consequences. But why does fall mean more truck crashes? Let’s take a closer look to find out.

Contributing Factors

The holiday season means trucking companies are working around the clock to deliver all their packages on time. This means more truckers on the road working longer hours. That, combined with severe driver shortages and other contributing factors is a huge driving force behind the spike in truck accidents at this time of year.

Some of the more direct causes include:

  • Inclement Weather: Winter weather and high winds are a major contributing factor to truck crashes, especially since trucks are more prone to causing a crash when they hydroplane or jackknife. According to the Federal Highway Administration, as much as 20% of single-vehicle truck accidents are due to weather.
  • Fatigue: Federal hours-of-service (HoS) limits prevent truck drivers from working more than 11 hours in a 24-hour cycle. While those longer sessions are typically reserved for cross-country haulers, the holiday season puts pressure on many more drivers to work the maximum amount per day. This can potentially lead to driver fatigue and even falling asleep at the wheel.

If you or someone you love were seriously injured in a truck accident, don’t hesitate to call on Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers as the experience you can trust. Contact our firm at (888) 492-5532 to speak with our legal team today during a no-fee, no-obligation consultation.