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Protect yourself by knowing why truck accidents happen

Sharing the road with any type of vehicle may be enough to make you nervous. However, when you're in close proximity to large trucks, it can be even more stressful.

No matter what you do while you're behind the wheel, you know that it only takes one mistake by another driver to cause a crash. This is why you need to know why truck accidents happen. This knowledge can go a long way in keeping you safe:

  • Drowsy driving, such as when a trucker doesn't take enough breaks
  • Distracted driving, such as talking on the phone or sending a text message
  • Inadequate training, which can include a lack of knowledge in regards to safety techniques and defensive driving
  • Unrealistic schedules that push truckers to speed or drive when they are tired
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Reckless driving, which can include speeding, changing lanes without signaling and neglecting to yield

These are the types of things that can cause a truck accident. It's not an all-inclusive list, but it'll definitely give you a clear idea of things to watch for as you make your way down the road.

If you're ever involved in a truck accident, you should check yourself for injuries and receive immediate medical attention. Once you are stable and have a chance to look back, you can learn more about the cause of the crash and what to do next.

Depending on the circumstances, such as if the trucker acted in a negligent manner, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed Dec. 08, 2017

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