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The most common causes of truck accidents

Now that we have entered the holiday season, residents in Arizona have likely placed all of their gift orders and are patiently awaiting their delivery. And due to an influx in online gift orders, companies across the nation attempt to meet these demands on a timely basis. This in turn causes a large number of semi-trucks, tractor-trailer trucks and box trucks on the roadways. Such a situations generates an increased concern for truck accidents.

Whether it's during the holiday season or any other time of the year, motorists should always be cautious of commercial trucks. These are larges vehicles that have the ability to cause much damage and serious injuries to victims. In fact, the legal weight for an 18-wheeler s 80,000 lbs., which is a vast difference in weight than the average passenger vehicle that weighs somewhere around 5,000 lbs.

While the causes of truck crashes are immeasurable, there are some causes that are more common than others. Driving too fast is one. Truck drivers are often under the pressure of tight deadlines, causing them to speed. Driver fatigue is another. Truck drivers often driver long hours, well into the late night hours.

Other common causes include driver errors, distractions, aggressive driving, load shift and driving too close to other vehicles. Any of these are a likely cause of a truck collision. If a negligent truck driver causes a truck accident, investigation could help prove the cause and liability. Even more so, those injured could file a personal injury claim for any injuries and damages suffered.

Source:, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," Mason Rashtian, Nov. 1, 2016

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