The who are involved in a crash between a passenger vehicle and a commercial truck often suffer severe injuries. Commercial trucks can weigh 40 tons, which contributes to the devastation caused when these large vehicles crash into passenger vehicles, which may only weigh about two tons.
Sometimes the actions of truck drivers cause crashes
Truck drivers receive special training to drive such large and heavy vehicles. However, accidents between trucks and passenger vehicles are often caused by the negligent actions of truck drivers, who may feel pressured to cut corners.
Truck drivers can cause accidents with reckless driving, such as speeding or not using turn signals. Truck drivers have also been known to drive when drowsy, distracted, drunk or on drugs. Improperly loaded cargo or missed maintenance checks can also contribute to a crash.
Trucking companies can also share blame
Although the actions of truck drivers cause many crashes, the actions of trucking companies may also contribute to certain crashes. Negligent actions of these companies may include improper vehicle maintenance, allowing overweight trucks on the road and encouraging drivers to work more hours than they should.
All drivers should be careful when driving near trucks
Other drivers on the road may also contribute to crashes involving trucks and passenger vehicles. This happens because many drivers do not understand some of the limitations that large vehicles have. Some of these limitations affect what a truck driver can see, how quickly he or she can bring the vehicle to a stop and how the driver must execute a turn.
Drivers of smaller vehicles who do not understand these limitations may drive in the blind spots, cut in front of trucks, tailgate trucks or try to squeeze between a turning truck and the curb. As a driver, it is important to always drive with caution around commercial trucks. Always give trucks plenty of space to maneuver, and if you must pass a truck, do so carefully.
If you were seriously injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, you have legal rights. Through litigation, you may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses and other costs associated with your injury.