With thousands of miles of highway connecting the west coast with the rest of the country, Arizona sees a disproportionate amount of semi-truck traffic. According to the most recent government statistics, in 2018 alone, there were over 12,500 Arizona truck accidents. This figure accounts for about 5% of all Arizona traffic accidents.

Nearly all truck accidents are preventable, with the exercise of due care. And while there are many causes of tractor-trailer accidents, some causes are more common than others. For example, the following are among the most common causes of Arizona semi-truck accidents.

Fatigue – Truck drivers have a financial incentive to travel as many miles as they can per day. Thus, many truck drivers spend long hours on the road, often with little to no sleep. While federal law requires truck drivers only drive a certain number of hours per day and take breaks at specified intervals, not all truck drivers obey these regulations.

Arizona is primarily a desert state, and has its share of unique weather phenomena. And while most Arizona drivers do not need to deal with slick or icy roads, sudden gusts of extreme wind are quite common. In fact, weather hazards are a major cause of Arizona car accidents, including wind-related accidents.

Wind-related car accidents are unique in that there often is little a motorist can do to foresee a sudden gust of wind. However, heavy winds often frequent the same locations, due to the topography the land, or the shape of the land. Thus, motorists should always remain vigilant when driving on Arizona highways, especially during times of high winds and other potentially hazardous weather conditions.

One night earlier this month was so windy that it caused several accidents. According to a local news report, the accidents all occurred on Interstate 10, between mileposts 83 and 84. Evidently, the winds were so strong that six semi-trucks and tractor-trailers rolled; two on the westbound side of the road, and four on the eastbound side of the road. Each of these crashes involved only a single truck; however, one of the truck drivers died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the accident. Two others were injured, and the remaining drivers were uninjured.

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