know the causes of truck accidents

Causes of Truck Accidents

Although it is quite possible to live through truck accidents without any injury or damage, some victims of truck accidents in particular underride injuries, especially fatal accidents because the truck itself often becomes lodged beneath the victim’s vehicle. Underride injuries happen when trucks/trailers become stuck below the surface of the road and crash into a vehicle or other object. Although certain types of trucks can safely run into another with only the ball joints of the tires contacting the roadway (which would result in no underrides), other types of trucks are designed to do so with much more force and speed than this simple test would indicate. In addition, even if a truck can cause an accident like this without being sliding at all, many victims of accidents still suffer injuries as a result of sliding. For this reason, victims should not attempt to maneuver a moving truck unless they are trained in street safety and how to properly react in an emergency.

 

Another very common type of underride accident

occurs when drivers fail to see or miss a vehicle coming up behind them. This very common condition is called a side collision, and it accounts for the largest number of truck accidents in the United States. Undergoing a collision is often the fault of the driver of the other vehicle, but truck drivers should always pay attention to other vehicles on the road and avoid colliding with them. Most of these collisions occur on the interstate highway system, which means that truck drivers must pay close attention to other vehicles on the road to prevent collisions.

 

Aside from sustaining life-threatening injuries in a truck accident

victims can suffer other very serious injuries in a crash as well. The most common injuries incurred during a truck accident include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries, which can lead to death if not treated. Broken bones are common in most car crashes, but they are even more dangerous in a truck accident due to the sheer size of the vehicles involved in the collision. Drivers need to use hand signals and other methods to signal when approaching a vehicle to avoid collisions. They also need to signal immediately if they need to make a turn, change lanes, or perform other maneuvers. A driver may also lose control of their vehicle and crash into a cargo or other immovable object if they fail to apply the breaks or notice other vehicles coming up behind them.

 

Some of the most serious passenger injury cases

in the United States happen on highways. These fatal truck accidents usually involve at least one passenger. Many times, passengers are traveling in large trucks that simply run out of gas or simply cannot get to their destination when the highway breaks down. Passing cars may be able to stop or slow down enough to aid the passengers who will be crossing what is usually a busy highway, but if they fail to do so, the passenger may hit either the vehicle in front of them or the vehicle in the rear. Drivers must stay alert at all times when passing other traffic. Passing trucks and larger vehicles often have other cars speeding or taking evasive action to avoid collisions.

 

One of the most common causes of truck accidents is fatigue.

The amount of time that a driver spends driving a large truck can cause the body to become tired and may cause the driver to have problems staying alert. Drivers need to make sure that they make it a practice to allow enough rest after every drive. Heavy vehicles often have to stop frequently to let passengers out of the vehicle. The longer the vehicle is stopped, the more time the driver has to become fatigued.

 

Horn-winged accidents

are another common cause of side-impact accidents. These accidents occur when a truck driver is traveling at an extremely high rate of speed and hits another vehicle, usually with no provocation. Horn-winged accidents often occur as the result of a driver not signaling properly and colliding with the other vehicle. Most states have a rule that requires motorists to maintain a constant speed of no more than fifty miles per hour. This will help prevent serious accidents from occurring on the road.

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