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What are the common causes of truck accidents?

Commercial trucks are commonplace on major roadways. While motorists in Arizona and elsewhere frequently share the roads with large semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks, sharing the road with these massive vehicles is not like sharing the road with smaller ones. Trucks do not maneuver the same way passenger cars do, and unfortunately these vehicles have many blind spots. Thus, even a well-seasoned truck driver could cause a truck accident if they are not attentive or careful.

While passenger vehicles could fail to follow the rules of the road and cause a collision with a commercial truck, this post will focus on truck crashes caused by the negligence or recklessness of a truck driver or trucking company.

What are the common causes of truck accidents? Although truck drivers are required to complete a certain amount of training prior to operating a commercial truck, a truck driver could receive inadequate training. This could result in poor or improper driving techniques, which means safety concerns and inadequate defensive driving tactics.

Another cause of truck accidents is a system of compensation implemented by a trucking company. This is when truck drivers are encouraged to drive faster and travel for more hours. This results in trucking regulation violations and could cause fatigued driving. Lastly, trucking companies often make unrealistic schedules and expectations for their drivers. This results in rushed drivers and many safety risks ignored for the fate of these expectations.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, it is important to understand the cause of the crash. If investigation reveals that a negligent truck driver or tucking company is to blame, it is possible to hold them accountable. An injured victim could file a personal injury claim, helping them to recover compensation for their losses and damages.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed March 19, 2017

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