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How do truck accidents usually occur?

Trucks present very real dangers because of their incredible size and weight. When traveling at high speeds, they present a far higher danger to the roads than a normal vehicle.

This blog will highlight some of the most common ways that trucks and other heavy duty vehicles can get involved in accidents.

Accidents where a passenger vehicle is at fault

It is not uncommon for a passenger vehicle to be at fault or to blame for large truck accidents. This is often an accident in the form of a collision through an unsafe or negligent act performed by the driver.

Some of the most common unsafe acts committed by drivers of ordinary vehicles include:

  • Abruptly changing lanes or not checking mirrors before changing lanes
  • Misjudging the speed of a truck when crossing at an intersection
  • Driving between trucks without caution
  • Driving in the immediate area around a truck, known as "No-Zones"
  • Failure to make changes in relation to speed when seeing a truck change lanes

You can read more about driving safety on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) website.

Accidents where a commercial truck driver is at fault

Commercial truck drivers have been trained to have a high amount of skill when driving there heavy vehicles; however, tragic mistakes unfortunately happen. The most common mistakes made are:

  • Unrealistic schedules and pressure from clients or employers
  • Highway fatigue
  • Inadequate driving technique

Legal advice

If you have been involved in a truck accident, it is important to seek trusted legal advice.

Source: Find law, "Common causes of Truck accidents," accessed July 28, 2017

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