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3 of the most common causes of trucking accidents

Any type of motor vehicle accident is unfortunate, but those involving semi-trucks are usually the worst. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, large truck crashes caused almost 4,000 people to die in 2016. 66 percent of these deaths were passenger car occupants. You and your car do not stand a chance if a massive commercial truck comes barreling towards you. 

It is important to know what causes truck accidents so you can do your best to avoid them or bring a personal injury lawsuit if you get hurt by a truck driver. Here are three reasons why most big rig wrecks occur:

1. Mechanical failure

Trucks need a lot more braking power and traction than passenger cars. If the brakes give out, or the tires are worn, an accident is likely to occur. Trucks must undergo frequent and heavily-documented checks. If faulty equipment or poor maintenance results in a collision, the truck company may be legally responsible for the crash.

2. Trucker negligence

Unfortunately, truck drivers may be careless or dangerous and cause accidents. Examples of negligent truck driving include:

  • Driver fatigue from violating federal regulations
  • Driver distraction due to using the phone or GPS system
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving
  • Failure to check blind spots before changing lanes or turning
  • Disobeying the rules of the road

If a truck driver like this crashes into you and injures you, you should hold him or her accountable with legal action.

3. Insufficient experience

Sometimes truck drivers do not have the experience they need to properly operate their vehicles. Trucking companies must ensure their drivers have the skills necessary to handle the vehicle and drive defensively. If a truck driver does not have experience, he or she is more likely to cause an accident. 

If you get into an accident with a truck, you should explore your legal options with the assistance of an attorney. 

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