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Trucking companies can be responsible for an accident

As you make your way down the highway, there will be times when you're in close proximity to commercial trucks. While there is nothing wrong with sharing the road, you must realize that an accident could happen at any time.

Unfortunately, an accident between a passenger vehicle and commercial truck has the ability to cause serious damage, injury, and even death. Here's why: trucks are much larger than passenger vehicles. For this reason, in the event of a collision, the smaller car often gets the worst of the accident.

While there is no denying the fact that truck drivers can be responsible for causing an accident, there are also situations in which a trucking company has some part in this. Consider the following circumstances:

-- A trucking company that employs a system of compensation for faster travel and less rest time.

-- A company that sets unrealistic schedules, putting unnecessary pressure on the driver.

-- A company that does not properly maintain its vehicles. As a result, something bad could happen, such as a lost load or a tire blowout.

It's easy to believe that the person behind the wheel of a truck is 100 percent responsible for the decisions they make. While this is true to a certain degree, don't overlook the fact that trucking companies can make mistakes as well.

If you're injured in a truck accident, you'll want to learn more about the cause. You may soon find that the company made a poor decision that led to the accident. In this case, you may be able to receive compensation from the company itself.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed March 03, 2017

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