If you spend any amount of time traveling on the I-75 corridor, you know that you will always be in close proximity to commercial trucks. While some truck drivers are serious about the safety of everyone on the road, others don’t take this type of caution.
As the driver of a passenger vehicle, it’s good to know why truck accidents happen. With this information in mind at all times, you may be able to avoid a serious crash that could cause injury or even death.
Here are some of the most common reasons for a truck accident:
— Inadequate training. Driving a commercial truck is not as simple as a passenger vehicle. Drivers need to receive training for everything from defensive driving to safety concerns and everything in between. A lack of training is one of the top causes of truck accidents.
— Reckless driving. When a trucker takes a reckless approach when behind the wheel, he or she is increasing the likelihood of causing an accident. Some of the most common examples of reckless driving include speeding, swerving and failure to yield.
— Unrealistic schedules. When a trucking company implements an unrealistic schedule, the driver may feel the need to speed and/or stay on the road for too many consecutive hours. This is a big problem, as both things will increase the odds of an accident.
— Distracted driving. There are many forms of distracted driving, all of which truckers should avoid. From texting to taking phone calls to adjusting the radio, any distraction is one that can lead to trouble.
— Drowsy driving. The longer a trucker remains on the road the greater chance there is that he or she will fall asleep at the wheel. This is why there are laws in place that limit how many consecutive hours a trucker can drive.
Knowing these common reasons for truck accidents is a big deal, but even with this knowledge there is no guarantee that you will always avoid trouble.
Even if you are keeping close tabs on every other vehicle, a trucker could make a mistake that causes a crash.
If you find yourself in this position, receive immediate medical care and then seek the assistance of a qualified truck accident attorney.