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It’s important to know the top causes of truck accidents

As you travel the roads of South Carolina, and around the country, it's safe to assume that you will be in close proximity to large commercial trucks. These hulking vehicles tend to intimidate drivers of smaller cars on the road due to their size alone, and the knowledge that when there's an accident with a huge truck, the smaller car usually fares worse in terms of damage.

When you understand the top causes of truck accidents, it's much easier to avoid trouble on the road.

The best thing you can do is keep your distance from commercial trucks, as this decreases the chance of being part of an accident.

Since there are times when you have to travel in close proximity to commercial trucks, it's good to know why accidents often occur. Here are some of the top causes:

  • Reckless driving. There's a good chance that you have witnessed a trucker driving in a reckless manner, such as by speeding or weaving in and out of traffic to make time.
  • Inadequate training. Trucking companies must provide truckers with the proper training with regard to defensive driving, safety and technique.
  • Unrealistic schedules. With an unrealistic schedule in place, a trucker may feel compelled to drive fast and disregard the rules of the road.
  • Distracted driving. This includes everything from eating to drinking to texting. Any distraction, no matter what it is, can cause an accident.
  • Drowsy driving. Truckers drive for a living, meaning that they can lose focus and become drowsy at times. There are laws that limit how many consecutive hours a trucker can spend on the road, but some drivers don't pay attention to this.

Just as you need to know the top causes of truck accidents, you should also become familiar with the steps to take should you be part of a crash.

Your health always comes first, so don't hesitate to call 911 to ensure that an ambulance arrives at the scene as quickly as possible.

As you receive treatment and work toward a better future, you should also learn more about your legal rights. If the trucker was responsible for the accident, such as because he or she was driving in a negligent manner, you may be able to file a lawsuit as a means of obtaining compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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