Common Causes of Truck Accidents

  • By:David Bate

Truck Accident Lawyer

We’ve all been on an interstate crowded with trucks, swearing under our breath when you come upon trucks driving side by side, taking up both lanes, with seemingly no consideration for the cars lined up behind them waiting to at least go the speed limit. Truck drivers commonly test our patience, sometimes to the point where we forget the dangers that big trucks present just by virtue of their size.

Accidents involving trucks are typically very serious and often catastrophic events. When driving around trucks, we, as automobile drivers, need to be extra careful, especially traveling at high speeds or during inclement weather.

If you were involved in an accident with a truck, you need to understand the specific laws and regulations surrounding commercial vehicles. Truck accident attorneys are experienced, knowledgeable, and well versed in these regulations.

Determining Fault in Truck Accidents

There are situations that have been known to contribute to accidents involving commercial trucks. When driving around trucks, automobile drivers need to be aware of what can happen when your driving affects the performance of the truck and driver.

Unsafe situations where drivers may contribute to accidents include:

  • Driving in the areas where truck drivers cannot see you — too closely behind or in the blind spot areas beside the truck
  • Trying to pass the truck to the right when the truck is attempting to make a right turn and needs the additional roadway on the right to turn safely
  • Cutting off a truck when merging onto a highway. This can cause the truck to brake quickly or try to move over unsafely
  • Turning in front of a truck at an intersection, mistakenly believing the truck is going slower than it actually is
  • Passing a truck when there a lane reduction does not leave enough roadway to get safely back in front of the truck
  • Pulling out from the side of the road in front of a truck and not getting up to speed quickly enough
  • Not properly slowing down when a truck pulls in front of you to change lanes or merge onto a highway
  • Pulling out in front of a truck to change lanes and not giving the truck driver enough tie to break if necessary
  • Driving between trucks may make it impossible for our vehicle to be seen

Accidents Where the Truck Driver is Likely at Fault

The weight and size of commercial vehicles present dangers in and of itself; however, there are regulations that must be followed to help ensure the safety of all drivers that come in contact with the truck. Truck drivers must have sufficient training that covers safety issues, driving techniques and driving defensively. Drivers have to adhere to laws regarding the number of hours drivers can be on the road without stopping to rest. Trucking companies often place deadlines on their drivers to get their shipping to the destination in a certain amount of time.

Contact an Attorney

Filing a claim when you are involved in an accident with a commercial truck can be difficult because of the regulations involved. Meet with an experienced trucking accident lawyer Memphis, TN relies on to discuss the details of your accident and the best way to proceed.



Thank you to our friends and contributors at Wiseman Bray, PLLC for their insight into truck accidents.

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