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Know the common causes of truck accidents on the highway

March 10, 2017

Do you find yourself spending a lot of time on the highway? For example, maybe you use the interstates in and around San Antonio to commute to and from work or school.

The more time you spend on the highway the more commercial trucks you will come across. While you know the importance of sharing the road with these vehicles, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be able to avoid trouble at all times.

Unfortunately, even if you’re obeying the rules of the road, a trucker could make an error that causes an accident. As a result, you could be involved.

Here are some of the most common causes of a commercial truck accident:

  • Drowsy driving. It’s important for all truckers to follow the federal guidelines in place for consecutive driving hours. When a trucker is too tired to drive, he or she is more likely to cause an accident.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Any type of substance, including some types of prescription drugs, can hinder a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner.
  • Inadequate training. Many companies put drivers onto the road before they are fully trained. For this reason, they don’t know the driving techniques and safety tips necessary to remain safe.
  • Reckless driving. This can include everything from speeding to weaving in and out of traffic.
  • Unrealistic schedules. In this case, the trucking company is often to blame. Many companies set unrealistic schedules that require drivers to speed and drive for too many consecutive hours.

Even though you may have many years experience driving in close proximity to commercial trucks, you never know when somebody will make a poor decision that puts you in a bad situation.

If you’re involved in a truck accident, do these three things:

  • Stay put until help arrives (police and ambulance).
  • Receive medical treatment, while also learning more about how to treat your injuries in the future.
  • Learn more about your legal rights, including a detailed review of the accident to determine who was responsible.

By taking these steps, you’ll put the appropriate focus on your health while also determining if you can receive compensation from the negligent party. Doing both of these things will help you regain control of your life in the future.

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