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Common causes of trucking accidents

by | Mar 20, 2020 | Truck Accidents

Accidents that involve commercial trucks can easily be very severe, possibly fatal, and complicated. With such large vehicles and cargo, drivers have a difficult seeing surrounding traffic and passenger vehicles are more vulnerable. The legal cases also involve more commercial parties than a typical car accident.

Accidents caused by truck drivers

Though most commercial truck drivers are skilled and well trained, their vehicle poses many more difficulties than the common car. Common mistakes of truck drivers and trucking companies include:

  • Inadequate training
  • Demanding schedules that encourage lack of safety
  • Driver fatigue
  • Poor maintenance and improper loading cargo
  • Overtaking and speeding

Accidents caused by passenger drivers

Passenger vehicles is any motor vehicle other than motorcycles or buses with the main purpose of carrying people. Drivers of these cars often don’t understand the differences between driving a passenger car versus a commercial truck, which can cause accidents. Specific actions that can result in an accident includes:

  • Driving in a truck’s blind spot
  • Unsafe passing and not leaving enough space for the truck to slow down
  • Unsafe merging or changing lanes in front of a truck
  • Moving to the right of a truck that is turning right
  • Driving between trucks
  • Making a left-hand turn in front of a truck and misjudging their speed

If you are involved in a trucking accident, there are ways the get compensation for your damages. This can include car damages, injuries and work time missed. It’s always best to act fast and get in touch with a lawyer before settling with insurance or trucking companies.