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Understand the common causes of truck accidents to stay safe

The more time you spend on the roadways of California, the more you'll realize that there's no way of escaping large commercial trucks. No matter what you do, especially when you're on the freeway, you'll be in close proximity to these vehicles.

Understanding the common causes of truck accidents can help keep you safe, as you can adjust your approach to avoid trouble. 

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    Here are some of the many mistakes truckers make that can result in an accident with a passenger vehicle:

    • Drowsy driving: Truckers, especially those who are on the road for long periods of time, must take breaks to rest their mind and body. Even with federal regulations in place, some truckers stay on the road for too many consecutive hours, thus leading to drowsy driving.
    • Driving under the influence: Alcohol, drugs and prescription medication can impact a trucker's ability to make sound decisions.
    • Reckless driving: This takes on many forms, with speeding, illegal passing and failure to use turn signals among the most common.
    • Distracted driving: Just the same as all drivers, it's easy for a trucker to fall prey to a distraction while their vehicle is in motion. Some of the most common distractions include texting, talking on the phone, eating and drinking.
    • Unrealistic schedule: When a trucking company sets an unrealistic schedule, it often forces the trucker to speed and get less rest. Combining the two of these is a deadly combination.
    • Improper loading: This can lead to many issues, such as product dumped on the roadway and a truck that's less stable. This isn't always the driver's fault, but it can cause a serious accident nonetheless.

    As a driver sharing the road with commercial trucks, keep in mind that a number of things can go wrong. When you expect everything, you're prepared to deal with any type of emergency that comes your way.

    If you're injured in a truck-car accident, immediately call 911 to request assistance. Also, move to safety, if possible, and administer first-aid until paramedics arrive.

    Once you receive treatment and you understand your prognosis, you can contact your insurance company, revisit the details of the accident and devise a strategy for receiving compensation from the negligent party.

    Visit our website for more information on all types of motor vehicle accidents.

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