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Causes of Truck Accidents

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					An automobile is no match for an eighteen wheeler truck on our nation 鈥檚
highways. Commercial vehicles present unique road dangers all drivers must be aware
of. Particularly when driving at high speeds or in poor weather conditions, the
smallest driver error can cause a catastrophic truck accident.

The most common factor in truck vs. car collisions is driver ignorance. Automobile
drivers often do not fully understand that truck drivers cannot brake, accelerate, and
maneuver as quickly as the auto driver. Often, the driver of a truck has limited
visibility. These conditions lead to accidents that might have easily been avoided. The
resulting truck accident is often more severe than with auto accidents.

Car drivers commit numerous unsafe acts, sometimes unknowingly, including:
   Driving behind, beside or in between trucks (鈥渘 o-zones 鈥? Changing lanes or
making other sudden changes in front of a truck Misjudging truck speed and rushing
to turn first at an intersection Improper merging or passing Failing to adjust speed to
allow a truck to merge or change lanes Failing to maintain proper distance from the
back of a truck Drug and alcohol impairment
   Commercial Truck Drivers Make Mistakes Too

Commercial truck drivers receive special safety training before being allowed to drive
large, heavy vehicles. A fully loaded commercial truck weighs up 80,000 pounds or
more. However, truck drivers are human and make mistakes, including:
   Continuing to drive even after becoming fatigued Failing to apply safety training or
defensive driving techniques Driving too fast for road or weather conditions Trying to
meet unrealistic expectations for speed Drug and alcohol impairment Incorrectly
secured loads Loading the truck beyond maximum capacity

It is not difficult to imagine how serious injury and wrongful death can occur if you or
a loved one are involved in an auto accident with a big rig.

If truck driver negligence or carelessness has caused injury or death in your family,
please visit the website of The Cochran Firm to learn about your rights.
If truck driver negligence or carelessness has caused injury or death in your family,
please visit the website of The Cochran Firm to learn about your rights.

				
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