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What are the common reasons for a truck accident?

It doesn't matter what type of car you drive, you know you have to share the road with others. This includes other passenger vehicles, as well as trucks and motorcycles. At times, you may also find yourself driving in close proximity to bicyclists and pedestrians.

It is not uncommon for passenger vehicles and trucks to be involved in an accident. There are times when the driver of the smaller vehicle causes the accident, such as by driving in the trucker's blind spot. There are also situations in which the truck driver is responsible.

From a damage and injury perspective, it does not matter who caused the accident. The only thing that matters is that those who are injured receive the appropriate care.

From an insurance and legal perspective, however, it is important to pinpoint the person who is responsible.

Some of the most common reasons for a truck accident caused by a trucker include:

-- Unrealistic schedule that causes the driver to speed and/or spend too many consecutive hours on the road

-- Inadequate training

-- Reckless driving, such as speeding on a highway or running a traffic light in a city environment

Sharing the road with other vehicles means paying attention to everything that is going on around you. Unfortunately, this is not always good enough to avoid an accident. Another driver, such as a trucker, could make an error that involves you, as well as others, in an accident. If this happens, you need to get medical help and then learn more about who was at fault.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed July 23, 2015

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