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Truck accidents are not always caused by trucks

| Aug 24, 2014 | Truck Accidents |

When truck accidents occur, anyone in the vicinity can be at risk of serious injuries. We have seen before just how much damage such an incident can do.

Truck drivers may be far from home, having traveled for long hours on unfamiliar roads. Perhaps they are simply fatigued and unable to respond as well as they should. Perhaps their load is not secured properly, or there is a fault with the truck. Perhaps they are distracted or driving too fast.

All these things can cause accidents and, if you are involved in such a crash, you may find yourself keen to seek justice, particularly if you are seriously injured during the incident. If the truck was at fault, you may be able to seek compensation by challenging the truck driver, or even the trucking company. However, it is important to remember that not all truck accidents are caused by the involved truck.

As is explained here, passenger vehicles can sometimes trigger truck accidents by driving unsafely in the vicinity of these much larger vehicles. Some of the more common mistakes include:

  • Turning in front of a truck after misjudging its speed.
  • Moving to a truck’s right side when it is attempting a right turn.
  • Passing unsafely or merging in a way that causes the truck to brake or maneuver suddenly.

These are but a few of the ways passenger vehicles can cause a truck accident. As such, it can be very important to ensure that any accident you are involved in is investigated fully. By correctly identifying the responsible party, you may be able to get a better idea of what your legal options are.