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Dangers that lead to truck accidents

When Arizona residents think about the trucking industry, they think about the role these large commercial vehicles play in society. Big rig trucks are frequently used to deliver goods and make long-distance shipments. While this is viewed as necessary to most, the trucking industry is also the source of various danger and risks on the roadways. Truck drivers are responsible for operating large vehicles, and they are expected to use a certain level of care when doing so.

When a truck driver fails to uphold this duty of care or a trucking company urges its drivers to work longer and more hours to ensure they make timely, early or additional delivers, this could result in a serious truck accident. Negligence is often the culprit of a truck crash, making it imperative that victims of a crash understand what might have caused the pain and suffering they are currently enduring.

When it comes to truck drivers or trucking companies being at fault in a truck crash, there are three common causes. First, a truck driver could cause a crash if they are inadequately trained regarding driving techniques, safety concerns while operating the vehicle and defensive driving tactics. Next, truck accident could occur if there is a system of compensation in place by a trucking company. These are frequently used to encourage truck drivers to travel faster, working more consecutive hours than advisable.

The third and final cause is having unrealistic schedules and expectations in place by a trucking company. This encouragement for drivers to hurry with their deliveries, despite the safety risk involved, creates many dangers on the roads. Whether it is due to lack of training or order from an employer, if a truck driver violates federal trucking regulations, there is a greater chance for a truck crash occurring.

No matter the cause, being involved in a truck crash is a serious and life-altering event. Thus, victims should take the time to understand the cause, helping them uncover who was liable. Additionally, a victim could seek compensation for their losses and damages through a personal injury action.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed August 11, 2017

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