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What are the main causes of commercial truck accidents?

A commercial truck accident can be caused by a truck driver or a passenger vehicle driver. Either way, nothing changes the fact that the end result could be serious injury or even death. This is why every type of driver needs to do whatever possible to avoid trouble.

While most truck drivers know what it takes to remain safe, there are some who break the law and put everybody on the road in a compromising position.

Some of the primary causes of commercial truck accidents include:

-- Inadequate training regarding defensive driving, safety concerns, driving technique, and vehicle equipment.

-- Compensation system that rewards truck drivers for reaching their destination as soon as possible. This can cause a trucker to stay on the road when he or she should be resting, and/or drive faster than the speed limit.

-- Unrealistic schedules, forcing truck drivers to rush when they should be slowing down.

As a passenger vehicle driver, you are faced with a big problem: You never know what a trucker is thinking. Maybe this person will do whatever it takes to prevent an accident. Or maybe there is a trucker close by who is breaking many rules of the road.

Knowing the main causes of commercial truck accidents is a start. This will put you in position to avoid serious trouble on the road.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being harmed in a truck accident, it is important to receive medical care without delay. This is the first step in getting your life back in order.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed March 02, 2016

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