As a driver, you would be much better off if you were the only person on the road. Unfortunately, this is very rarely the case. Even if you are driving at off-peak hours, you know that sharing the road is of utmost importance.
If you have any concerns about being part of a truck accident, you should change your driving style as to reduce the likelihood of this happening. You'll also want to better understand the common causes of these accidents, which include:
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving
- Lack of training or poor training
- Improper maintenance of the truck
- Unrealistic schedules
- Reckless driving, including speeding
As you can see, even if you're doing what you should on the road, a trucker could make one of these mistakes. For example, it's hard to know if someone lacks the training required to handle a commercial vehicle in a safe manner. Instead, all you can do is attempt to keep your distance and hope for the best.
If you are part of a truck accident, the size difference alone puts you in a difficult position. In this event, you should immediately call 911 so that police and an ambulance arrive at the scene without delay.
Once you receive treatment and revisit the details of the accident, you'll have a clear idea of what you need to do next. As long as you understand your legal rights, you can make decisions that put you in position to receive compensation for your injuries and any other damages sustained in the crash.
Source: FindLaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed Jan. 25, 2018