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The most common causes of trucking accidents

Trucking is an industry that generates a lot of work for Americans. However, truckers also pose a real threat to drivers. Because of their great size and weight, a truck can cause a lot more damage than a typical car in an accident.

In an accident, it is important to know who or what caused the event. Here are some common causes of trucking accidents.

1. Driver error

Truckers have a hard job. Like other drivers, they are subject to making errors. While most commercial truck drivers have had a lot of training, there are factors that can induce a trucker error. These include:

  1. Fatigue

  2. Distracted driving

  3. Reckless driving

  4. Improper training

2. Poor Vehicle Maintenance

Just as truckers drive long hours, trucks themselves travel thousands of miles every day. Because of this, a trucking company must be sure to properly maintain their trucks. Wear and tear on a truck can cause an accident to occur.

3. Equipment Failure

Inadequate maintenance isn’t the only way that a truck can fail. Manufacturers could also produce a faulty truck part. This could lead to equipment failure and a dangerous accident.

4. Improper cargo Loading

Trucking companies must abide by specific rules when it comes to cargo. Mistakes made during the loading process can lead to cargo falling off into the road.

Protecting yourself

In an ideal world, neither you or your loved ones would ever have to suffer an injury involving a truck. However, if you do find yourself in that position, there are legal protections that you can use to recover compensation for any physical, financial and emotional damages that the accident caused.

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