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Do you know why truck accidents happen?

According to Ryder, there were more than 500,000 large truck and commercial vehicle accidents last year. While some truck drivers are well trained and willing to do whatever possible to avoid an accident, others are not. Instead, they take risks on the road and often cause trouble for other drivers.

Here are some of the most common reasons for a truck accident:

-- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

-- Failure of the trucker to obey the rules of the road.

-- Speeding.

-- Cargo shifting.

-- Under inflated tires.

-- Driver fatigue, due to staying on the road without proper rest.

-- Blind spots.

-- Reckless driving.

-- Poor truck maintenance.

-- Improper braking.

-- Poor truck maintenance

A truck accident can injure or kill one or more people, especially when this type of vehicle collides with one that is smaller. The costs associated with truck accidents include:

-- Injuries

-- Damages to the vehicles and personal property.

-- Insurance costs.

-- Equipment damage.

-- Negative reputation for the trucking company.

As the driver of a passenger vehicle, it's imperative to understand that truck accidents can and do occur on a regular basis. The best way to avoid such an accident is to keep your distance from truckers.

If you are involved in an accident with a truck, step one is to receive medical treatment. From there, once you are up to it, you can learn more about the accident, including who was at fault. This will give you a clear idea of which steps to take next.

Source: Ryder, "Top 10 Reasons Truck Accidents Happen: Know Them to Prevent Them," accessed May 11, 2016

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