There are many reasons why a truck accident may happen. In a lot of cases, the truck is at fault, and a common perception is that truck drivers are negligent. However, there are truck accidents where the truck driver isn’t at fault — and the driver of another vehicle triggers the accident.
So today, we want to talk about the two different ways in which a truck accident can happen, and the many different causes among these two sides that can be the culprit for the collision.
There are a lot of ways that another vehicle can cause an accident with a truck. For example, trucks struggle to break quickly — so if you suddenly change speeds in front of one, or if you merge suddenly in front of one, then you greatly increase the likelihood of an accident with that truck. Additionally, there are blind spots that truckers have that you should never be in. Last but not least, you should operate your vehicle in a safe and proper manner around trucks: don’t speed and don’t pass them in a careless manner.
On the other hand, there are plenty of ways that truck drivers can cause an accident too. Their cargo may not be secured properly, or it may be improperly loaded or imbalanced, leading to vehicle instability. The driver could be intoxicated, distracted, or fatigued. The driver could be speeding or driving in an unsafe way. Or the driver may not be properly trained for the job at hand.
Source: FindLaw, “Common Causes of Truck Accidents,” Accessed Feb. 23, 2018