Commercial trucks are always on the road. No matter where you are driving or the time of the day, you can expect to see these trucks here and there. If you make your way to a busy highway, for example, it will be hard to avoid these vehicles.
Since you have to share the road with trucks, it is important to know what you can do to decrease your chance of being involved in an accident. As the driver of a passenger vehicle, you want to avoid these unsafe acts at all costs:
- Driving in a truck’s blind spot
- Abruptly changing lanes in front of a truck
- Passing a truck in the right lane on the highway
- Failure to speed up or slow down as a truck attempts to merge into traffic
- Pulling in front of a truck from a standstill without getting up to speed in a safe manner
Even if you are a safe driver, always doing whatever it takes to avoid trouble, there is no guarantee that everybody else will do the same.
Truck drivers make mistakes as well, which can lead to an accident that causes injury or death. Some of the most common reasons for an accident caused by a truck driver include:
- Neglecting to obey the rules of the road, such as speeding on the highway
- Inadequate training
- Too many hours on the road, leading to fatigue
- Distracted driving, such as texting or talking on the phone
- Unrealistic schedules set by the trucking company, often times accompanied by a compensation structure that promotes unsafe activity
When a passenger vehicle is in an accident with a truck, it is often times the person or people in the smaller vehicle at the greatest risk of injury or death.
Being aware of the common causes of truck accidents, both from your perspective and that of others, is the best way to avoid trouble.
If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a truck accident, caused by the negligence of a trucker, contact us to discuss your case and learn more about your legal rights.