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Know the risks! 3 common truck accident causes

Truck accidents can happen for a number of reasons, and many of them could be avoided with the right precautions. As someone who heads to work daily on the highway, you probably are well-versed in seeing large tractor-trailers speeding along. What causes these vehicles to end up in accidents? Here are a few common things to look out for.

A distracted driver is a dangerous driver

A distracted driver, one who is placing phone calls, trying to eat or who hasn't had enough sleep, puts others at risk from the moment he or she gets into the vehicle. This driver may have inadequate training, especially if he or she does get distracted while doing the job. Some drivers are on unrealistic schedules, and that means they're going to drive more than they should to get the job done. That can lead to long days and nights without enough sleep.

Speeding and weaving puts others at risk

Speeding is another concern for drivers. Trucks take longer to stop than other vehicles due to their weight, so when the drivers take them up to speeds beyond what's recommended, they're really relying on the ability of the truck's brakes to work beyond their capabilities if they have to stop quickly. Locking up the brakes when stopping quickly can result in jackknifing, which could result in a multi-vehicle collision.

Drivers also have tight schedules, which can result in them speeding or weaving through traffic to get where they need to go. These are dangerous actions, and if you see a driver acting that way, you can call the police for assistance.

Tire blow outs: Watch out for flying debris

One final thing to watch out for is the risk of debris if a truck's tire blows out or comes loose. The impact of part of a tire or an entire tire can cause accidents or result in other vehicles swerving out of the way.

If you get into an accident with a truck driver, you're not alone. These accidents take place all the time, and victims like you have a right to seek out the compensation needed to move forward.

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