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What causes truck accidents to occur?

Trucks are not an uncommon sight on the roads of Texas and it is all too easy to forget the potential dangers they may pose, not only to others on the road, but to the truck drivers themselves. We saw in a previous article how the driver of an 18-wheeler was killed when his vehicle was involved in an accident with another truck.

It is not unusual for a second vehicle to be the cause of a truck accident and this other vehicle does not need to be a second truck. Passenger vehicles can endanger themselves and trucks in the following ways:

  • Passing a truck unsafely, or attempting to drive between trucks.
  • Moving into the space into which a truck is attempting to turn.
  • Moving into the space in front of a truck and neither accelerating away sufficiently or leaving enough space.
  • Causing a truck to brake or swerve by getting in its way.

As is detailed here, many truck accidents are caused by the truck drivers, or by the poor maintenance of their vehicles. Some of the causes of this eventuality include the following:

  • Fatigue due to long hours and insufficient rest stops.
  • Inattentiveness due to mobile phones or other distractions.
  • Poor conditions, particularly when driving in unfamiliar territory.
  • Hazardous materials in the truck's load.
  • Breakdown of the truck, or instability caused by a badly-secured load.

Of course, far more factors can influence a truck accident and determining fault can be particularly difficult. If you have been harmed in an accident of this nature, you might want to seek compensation. An attorney can help you figure out if you have a case and support you as you pursue remuneration for your injuries.

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