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Why do commercial truck drivers cause accidents?

It goes without saying that commercial truck drivers never set out to be part of an accident. Even so, these types of accidents continue to happen from one side of the country to the next.

As the driver of a passenger vehicle, it's important to understand the most common causes of commercial truck accidents.

  • Inadequate training: If a trucker doesn't receive the proper training in regards to safety, technique and defensive driving, they are more likely to cause an accident.
  • Reckless driving: This can take on many forms, such as speeding and failing to use turns signals when changing lanes.
  • Unrealistic schedules: When a trucking company sets an unrealistic schedule, a trucker is more likely to push the limit in regards to speed and hours on the road.
  • Drowsy driving: Commercial truckers don't always get enough rest, which causes them to make poor decisions behind the wheel.
  • Distracted driving: All forms of distractions can cause an accident, ranging from texting to reading a map.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs: Any driver, regardless of the vehicle type, is more likely to be part of an accident if he or she is under the influence.

You know that driving in close proximity to commercial trucks is a way of life. You also know that a driver could make a mistake that causes an accident.

Even when you do your best to avoid trouble, a trucker could still strike your vehicle.

If this happens, stay where you are until help arrives. Once you receive treatment, learn more about the cause of the accident, your legal rights and the steps you should take in the days to follow.

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