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What are the common causes behind truck accidents?

Trucks are huge vehicles equipped with powerful motors that are capable of hauling thousands of pounds of freight. Due to the size of these vehicles, operating them requires experience and proper training, which only professional truck drivers have. Trucking industries are required to follow federal trucking regulations set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The federal guidelines were made to ensure the safe navigation of trucks on the road. Deviating from those guidelines can increase the chances of truck accidents in Dallas and surrounding areas.

Both truck drivers and drivers of passenger vehicles should know the common causes of truck accidents, which could help prevent or curb truck accidents that often result in serious injuries and fatalities. Drivers of passenger vehicles should know that driving in the 'no-zones' or areas where the truck driver has limited or zero visibility can cause truck accidents. Another common cause of truck accidents is the sudden changing of lanes in front of big rigs. Drivers should note that unlike passenger cars, applying the brakes on trucks can be more difficult; thus abruptly changing lanes in front of a truck can result in a collision.

Failing to speed up or slow down when a big rig starts to turn or change lanes can also result in an accident. Another common cause of truck crashes is driving between commercial trucks. The air turbulence can significantly affect a car, which is why it is important to avoid driving between huge trucks.

If you were involved in a truck collision, it's very important to understand how the accident occurred. If you know that you have been driving responsibly prior to the collision and that the accident was caused by the truck driver, you may be entitled to awards and damages. To shed light on your case, you may seek legal guidance to better understand your situation and your rights toward compensation.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Common causes of truck accidents," accessed Sep. 11, 2014

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