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The leading causes of truck accidents

Driving in close proximity to a commercial truck can quickly increase your anxiety level. Not only are you intimidated by the size of the vehicle, but you know that one mistake can cause a serious accident that results in injury or even death.

Fortunately, when you understand the leading causes of truck accidents you can adjust your driving style to improve your safety. Here are some of the top causes:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When a trucker is under the influence, there's a greater chance he or she will cause an accident. Prescription drugs can also impact a person's ability to drive.
  • Distracted driving. If a trucker is not paying attention to the road, maybe because he or she is texting or searching for something inside the cabin, there's a greater chance of making a mistake that leads to an accident.
  • Inadequate training. Trucking companies are staffed with the responsibility of training drivers on everything from defensive driving to technique and much more. Neglecting to do so puts the trucker and others at greater risk.
  • Unrealistic schedules. If a trucking company places an unrealistic schedule on a driver, he or she may begin to speed or drive too many hours without taking a break.
  • Drowsy driving. As the hours pass, a trucker has the tendency to wear down. This is why there are federal laws in place that require truckers to take breaks after so many consecutive hours on the road.
  • Reckless driving. There are many forms of reckless driving, with speeding and failure to signal among the most common. Not only should you watch for truckers who are driving recklessly, but you should also consider the things you can do to personally improve your driving style.

In the event of an accident with a truck you shouldn't wait to call 911. You want police and an ambulance to quickly arrive at the scene, as to provide all the assistance you require during this difficult time.

Once you receive treatment, make sure you learn more about the cause of the crash, your legal rights and the steps you need to take in the future.

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