You were hit. You know the truck driver did something wrong, but what exactly? Here are seven common errors truck drivers make that contribute to accidents on Sunrise Highway, the Capital Beltway and more:

Inspection Mistakes

Because trucks are on the go so much, they are more susceptible to wear and tear on a daily basis. Truck drivers are required to perform a pre-trip inspection every time they head out on the road. Failure to do so or failure to spot a key mechanical problem can lead to a serious accident on the Beltway.


Truck drivers can be some of the most impatient drivers on the road, simply because their livelihood depends on them getting to the next destination as quickly as possible. This can lead to unsafe driving behaviors such as speeding.


Similarly, truck drivers frequently tailgate in an effort to make traffic go faster so they can get to their next stop on time.

Failing to Check Blind Spots

Trucks are much larger than other vehicles, making their blind spots much larger also. Truck drivers are trained to check their blind spots, but a driver can become distracted and start turning into your lane without even looking.

Misjudging Distance

Many truck accidents occur when the driver misjudges the distance the truck requires to stop, turn, or change lanes. This may be a contributing error if you were hit from behind while slowing down or stopped, or if the truck veered into your lane.

Distracted Driving

Like any other driver, truck drivers can be distracted from the task at hand. Common truck driver distractions include GPS systems, CB radios, cell phones, snacks, and more.

Falling Asleep

Because truck drivers log so many hours behind the wheel on any given day, it comes as little surprise that they occasionally get a little sleepy while on the job. Unfortunately, nodding off for even one or two seconds can lead to a disastrous crash.

If you were hurt in an accident on the Beltway, the truck driver’s actions may have caused your injuries. For helpful information on getting the compensation you deserve, order your complimentary copy of our book, 10 Tips to Get the Maximum Compensation After a Maryland Auto Accident.