Even though Montana is not one of the most populous states in the country, it goes without saying that there are many trucks on the road throughout the area. As the driver of a passenger vehicle, you need to be aware of these big rigs at all times.
There are things you can do as a driver that put you, as well as others, at risk of being involved in an accident. At the same time, there are mistakes truckers can make that greatly increase the chance of an accident or some other type of negative event.
Some of the things that can cause a truck accident include:
— Poor training regarding safety techniques, defensive driving and other details required by a professional trucker.
— Unrealistic schedules that force a trucker to drive too fast, break the laws of the road and not get as much rest as the law requires.
— Compensation systems that encourage a trucker to speed or drive too many consecutive hours.
These are just a few of the many things that can lead to a truck accident. There are others, such as aggressive driving or driving distracted, to be aware of as well.
It goes without saying that most truckers understand what they should and should not be doing while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, there are also those who make mistakes and act in a negligent manner.
If a person is injured in a truck accident, he or she must first receive medical care. From there, they can begin to learn more about the incident, including the cause.
Source: FindLaw, “Common Causes of Truck Accidents” Dec. 22, 2014