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Examining the circumstances in which truck accidents occur - II

A few weeks ago, our blog started discussing how the process of driving can become so routine that drivers sometimes fail to account for the limitations or unique dangers posed by the other cars, motorcycles and trucks with which they share the road.  

Specifically, we focused on how this tendency to shift to autopilot is especially disconcerting when undertaken by truckers given the sheer size of their vehicles and their capacity for destruction.

In our second post in this series, we'll continue examining some of the more common types of tractor trailer accidents. Once again, our purpose in doing this is to provide motorists with some warning signs in order to help them stay safe behind the wheel.

Rear-end accidents

It's a tragic scenario that plays out far too often on the nation's roads and highways: trucks slamming into vehicles from behind at a high-rate of speed. While this type of collision can be devastating when traffic is moving along -- perhaps sending smaller cars off the road -- it's often deadly when traffic is at a standstill.   

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these rear-end accidents occur when truck drivers:

  • Fail to follow vehicles at a safe distance
  • Fail to provide passing vehicles with sufficient space to reenter the lane
  • Fail to account for traffic conditions and adjust their speed accordingly
  • Fail to pay attention to the road ahead (i.e., distracted driving)
  • Fail to create sufficient space between the car ahead before passing
  • Fail to look in blind spots before passing   

We will continue exploring this important topic in the weeks ahead.

If you've suffered irreparable harm or lost a loved one in a truck accident, please do not hesitate to speak with a skilled legal professional to learn more about your options for seeking justice.

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