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What causes logging truck accidents?

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2024 | Auto/Truck Accidents

Oklahoma has a very robust timber industry. In general, the forest sector pumps more than $3.8 billion into the market every year and employs close to 9,000 people – but all that timber has to make it down the highways to its various destinations, and that isn’t always done safely.

Logging truck accidents have the potential to cause massive devastation on the roads. While some accidents can be attributed to poor road conditions and bad weather, most of these wrecks can be attributed to simple human error. Logging truck accidents occur due to:

1. Poor driving

Just like any other type of vehicle accident, driver negligence is a common cause. This could include speeding, reckless driving, fatigued driving, distractions and substance abuse.

2. Equipment failures

Malfunctioning brakes, tire blowouts, steering issues or other mechanical failures due to defective truck parts or poor maintenance can lead to accidents. 

3. Overloading

Logging trucks are often loaded with heavy logs, and overloading can exceed the truck’s weight limits, leading to instability and difficulty in maneuvering, especially on hills and winding roads.

4. Failure to adjust to the weather

Adverse weather conditions like heavy rain, fog or high winds can reduce visibility and traction, increasing the risk of accidents – even in summer.

5. Inexperienced drivers

It’s no secret that the trucking industry is desperate for drivers – and inexperienced truckers may lack the necessary skills to handle the challenges of driving a logging truck, especially on difficult terrain.

6. Improper loading

Incorrectly loaded or unsecured cargo can shift during transit, leading to loss of control or imbalance, causing accidents.

Logging accidents can lead to horrific chain-reaction wrecks with multiple vehicles involved. If you’re injured in one or your loved one is killed, find out more about your legal options.