Commercial trucks like big rigs and delivery trucks present unique dangers to smaller vehicles and their passengers. Not only do truck drivers need to be aware of the dangers presented by their large and unwieldy vehicles, but other drivers also need to use extra caution in their presence. Seemingly minor driving errors, like failing to signal before passing, can result in catastrophe when an eighteen-wheeler is involved, especially at high speeds.
Following is a discussion of some common situations that can cause or contribute to commercial truck accidents. Speak with a truck accident lawyer or review FindLaw's Truck Accident Overview for more information.
Truck Accidents Caused By Passenger Vehicle Drivers
Drivers of passenger vehicles (primarily cars) often are to blame for traffic accidents with big rigs or other large commercial trucks. The most common type of unsafe act committed by car drivers who get in collisions with large trucks has to do with ignorance of a truck's performance capabilities, such as limits associated with acceleration braking and visibility.
Common unsafe acts committed by car drivers in the vicinity of large trucks, which often result in truck accidents, include:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) provides a Safety section with tips and resources for commercial truck drivers and other motorists.
Truck Accidents Caused by Commercial Truck Drivers
Big rig and other commercial truck drivers are skilled and patient drivers, for the most part. However, in addition to the dangers inherent in the size and weight of the trucks used in commercial transportation and shipping, a number of characteristics inherent in the business can contribute to traffic accidents. These include:
See Resources for Drivers on the FMCSA website to learn more.
Learn More About Your Truck Accident Claim with a Free Consultation
If you've been injured by a commercial truck or big rig vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. A great first step in learning about your rights is to speak with an experienced attorney. You can fortunately do so free of charge for the intial case review. Begin the process by contacting an attorney who's experienced in truck accident law for a free claim evaluation. That way, you'll know more about the strength of your case and be better prepared to make crucial decisions going forward.
Contact a qualified auto accident attorney to make sure your rights are protected.