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Knowing why truck accidents happen can keep you safe

As the driver of a motor vehicle, you know that you must follow the rules of the road in order to maintain your safety. If you don't, you are increasing the likelihood of being part of an accident.

Obviously, you have no control over other drivers. If they don't feel like obeying the rules of the road, they don't have to. As a result, you can find yourself in a compromising position.

As one of our West Virginia readers, you know that commercial trucks are always on the highways that run through the state. Driving in close proximity to these vehicles can be a challenge, as some truckers don't think about the safety of those around them.

Here are some of the top causes of truck accidents:

  • Reckless driving, with speeding among the most common offenses
  • Distracted driving, which can include things such as texting
  • Inadequate training, which may be the fault of the trucking company
  • A system of compensation encouraging truckers to speed and skip mandatory rest periods
  • Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol

As you can see, there are many reasons for trucking accidents. For instance, if the person takes his or her eyes off the road to answer a text message, an accident could happen in a split second.

As the driver of a passenger vehicle, you need to keep your distance from large commercial vehicles. You should also note any erratic behavior that could lead to a crash.

If you are part of a truck accident, stay where you are until help arrives. Once police arrive at the scene they can take control of the situation. And of course, an ambulance can treat you for injuries and get you to a hospital.

When you know why truck accidents happen, you'll find it easier to stay one step ahead of the game. If you ever find yourself in a crash, learn more about your legal rights for receiving compensation. There's a chance the driver and/or trucking company acted in a negligent manner.

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