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What are some of the primary causes of truck accidents?

If you live in the state of Texas, you know that sharing the roads with trucks is a way of life.

While most truckers are respectful of others, this is not the case across the board. Instead, there are those who don't care about other people on the road, but instead do whatever it takes to make it from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

With this in mind, it's possible that a truck driver could cause a serious accident. When this happens, there is always the chance of death or injury to one or more people.

Some of the primary causes of truck accidents include:

-- A company that compensates drivers for meeting unrealistic deadlines.

-- Inadequate training, leading to a situation in which the driver doesn't know how to make the right decisions when behind the wheel.

-- Distracted driving, such as texting, speaking on a cellphone or eating/drinking.

As you can see, it only takes one mistake by a trucker to cause an accident. For instance, if a truck driver takes his or her eyes off the road for one second, it's enough to cause a crash with one or more vehicle.

If you're involved in a truck accident, do your best to move your car to the shoulder of the road. From there, contact an ambulance as well as the police.

If you've been injured, which is likely if you're in a smaller vehicle, receive immediate medical treatment. Then, once you're ready to learn more about the accident, make note of why it happened and how you can receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed Dec. 22, 2016

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