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Why are truck accidents so common?

| May 1, 2020 | Truck Accidents

Truck drivers generally have a high level of training and experience. They are also held to much higher standards than non-commercial drivers. For example, they are not allowed to operate a commercial vehicle with even a very low amount of alcohol in their system.

Despite this, truck collisions continue to be very common. Most often, this is due to the negligence of other drivers on the road. Trucks have the ability to cause serious damage due to their size and weight. Following are some of the most common causes of truck accidents.

Distracted driving

Any driver can be impacted by distracted driving. In fact, it is often the most experienced and competent drivers that often become distracted when driving. When drivers believe that they are very competent, this can lead to overconfidence.

Driver fatigue

Truck drivers often have to drive long distances without a break. If they are under pressure by their employers to meet deadlines, they may continue to drive even when extremely fatigued. This can lead drivers to fall asleep at the wheel.

Poor training and maintenance

Truck companies have the responsibility to adequately maintain trucks and train their drivers. If they fail to do this, the truck may break down on the road and cause a collision.

If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck, it is important that you ensure that fault was correctly attributed. By doing so, you will have the best chance of getting the compensation you need and deserve for expenses and damages. An experienced attorney can help you do this.