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Reasons why trucks could be involved in accidents

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2021 | Blog, Truck Accidents |

While driving on the roads of Virginia, you could see a large truck or two. Safety is important regarding these vehicles in order to prevent accidents from occurring as they do need to share the road and sometimes take up more space. Unfortunately, there are a few common causes of accidents involving trucks with some that can be prevented.

Speed

Even though some companies use trackers to monitor the speed of truckers, speed is often still a common cause of truck accidents, especially on interstates. When trucks speed, it’s harder for them to slow down because of the size of the vehicles compared to others that are on the road.

Distractions

Sometimes, truck drivers may take their eyes off the road to look at information in their logbooks or answer a call. It only takes a few seconds for an accident to occur if the driver is distracted. Since many trucks have large cabs, it’s sometimes easier to get distracted by looking for something behind the driver’s seat or paying attention to animals or other people who could be in the cab. If you’re injured due to a distracted driver, it’s possible to file a personal injury claim to receive compensation for medical bills and lost wages.

Fatigue

Many drivers need to travel long distances to make their deliveries. However, this can mean that drivers don’t take the proper amount of time to rest before getting back on the road. Many states require that drivers only log a certain number of hours behind the wheel during the day, and if drivers are in violation, then they could be charged or face fines.

Even though drivers may feel secure behind the wheel of a large truck, it’s still possible for accidents to happen on the road with many being severe due to the size of the vehicle.