It is essential for all drivers to exercise their duty of care in order to lower the risk of vehicular accidents. Truck drivers are expected to be extra careful during their drives. Their semi-trucks are not only larger than the other cars on the road, but also heavier and harder to stop quickly. Should an accident occur, smaller cars may end up with more damage than the semi-truck, not to mention the potential for serious injury for passenger vehicle occupants. Here are a couple of common types of truck accidents so you can be prepared for your next drive.
Accidents Caused by Passengers
Even with their huge rigs, truckers may not be as intimidating on the roads as one might think. The most common truck accidents that occur happen due to passenger vehicle drivers, rather than trucker, negligence. To be negligent is to act in a reckless or careless manner. This behavior can easily lead to accidents. Drivers have been known to participate in risky behavior while driving around trucks. Since trucks can seem slow moving, many drivers try to find ways to skirt around the truck and save seconds on their commute time. The most common risky behaviors include:
- Cutting off semi-trucks and sudden lane changes
- Driving in No Zones where truck drivers have limited visibility
- Driving between trucks
- Moving to the right of a truck when it is making a right turn
Drivers must not breach their duty of care while driving, or they may be found negligent if their careless behavior results in a truck accident.
Accidents Caused by Truck Drivers
Sometimes, the truck driver can be found liable for accidents due to negligent behavior as well. Truck drivers must understand that their vehicles are much larger and heavier than those around them. Should the driver lose control of his truck or act carelessly, a resulting accident could potentially injure or even kill someone. Traffic accidents caused by truck drivers commonly happen due to:
- Inadequate training in safety, defensive, and appropriate truck driving
- Policies that require faster speeds and more hours on the road than would be advisable. This can lead to fatigue, which can cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle and cause an accident.
- Unrealistic expectations by trucking companies that encourage a sense of urgency regardless of safety risks
It is recommended that truck drivers maintain their health and stay alert while driving to reduce the risk of an accident. If you’ve been in a truck accident and are having trouble proving liability, contact an experienced attorney today. The truck accident lawyers at the McArthur Law Firm are ready to look over your case and offer your appropriate legal guidance.