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How do truck accidents happen?

It goes without saying that truck accidents are often devastating accidents that impact many lives. Usually when you talk about truck accidents, the wreck involves a large trailer or semi truck that carries a lot of momentum and power into any collision with other vehicles. It is easy to get upset and want to blame the larger vehicle for the wreck, but there are many different ways that a truck accident can happen. Let's review a few of these common triggers to truck accidents.

First of all, a collision between a truck and other vehicles could ultimately be the true definition of an "accident." However, there could still be people who are blamed for the wreck.

Secondly, it is important to realize that the truck isn't always at fault. Sometimes, it is the other vehicles that cause the accident. For example, other vehicles could be driving in the blind spots of the truck driver. These blind spots are much larger than the blind spots on a sedan or even an SUV. Another vehicle could pass a truck in an unsafe manner, or they could pull in front of or merge in front of a truck, causing drastic action by the truck driver which could then cause a wreck.

Last but not least, the truck and/or truck driver could be at fault for the wreck. Maybe the truck was faulty or had not been properly maintained. Maybe the cargo in the truck wasn't properly loaded. Maybe the truck driver was fatigued because he or she did not receive the necessary rest time between shifts.

Source: Findlaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," Accessed April 6, 2015

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