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January 20, 2012

Common causes of Truck-related Accidents



Whenever accidents occur between two vehicles and one of them happens to be a truck – most probably the one to be blamed was the one driving the truck. However, contrary to that prepositioned  belief, according to the recent studies made by the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Motor Carriers (OMC), these motorists  are actually the ones  who execute safety over other vehicle drivers. The research further showed that there are about 3,197 fatal crashes involving trucks just in 2009 alone.
They even released certain reasons why trucks are often getting mixed into accidents. Meanwhile, the following are the violations commonly done by passenger vehicles:

  • Trying to cross the lanes near a truck
  • Driving in front of the truck but afterwards failing to accelerate
  • Changing lanes while there is a truck along  the road
  • Driving at “no zones”
  • Attempting to pass at an insufficient headway
  • Attempting to turn at an insufficient headway
  • Shifting lanes and then breaking at the front of truck
  • Doing other activities while driving, this is also termed as distracted driving. Some examples include   handling the cell phone or taking a nap  due to fatigue
  • Turning right while the truck is still moving
  • Not recognizing that there’s a truck in the way
  • Moving in the middle of  two trucks while on the road


California is the second state in the U.S. that has the highest occurrence of truck mishaps. Due to this, drivers need to arm themselves with proper knowledge about California personal injury law.  Doing this would avert such actions as falling into the tricks of insurance companies or the opposing party themselves.

Those interested can do their own research online, as there is a lot of information available on various websites. Consulting an attorney is a great help as well.