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Do you know why commercial truck accidents happen?

As the driver of a passenger vehicle, it's imperative that you learn how to share the road with others. Depending on your location, this often means driving in close proximity to commercial trucks.

Unfortunately, even if you're sharing the road, an accident can still happen. This often comes into play when a truck driver makes a poor decision.

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

-- Reckless driving. As you know, some truckers drive in a reckless manner at all times. They change lanes often, drive faster than the speed limit, and don't take into consideration the safety of others.

-- Inadequate training. Driving a commercial truck is more difficult than it sounds. If a driver doesn't receive the proper training, he or she will find it a challenge to remain safe at all times.

-- Unrealistic schedules. When a trucking company puts a driver on an unrealistic schedule, he or she may begin to hurry and take risks, thus putting everyone on the road in danger.

These are just a few of the many things that often lead to a commercial truck accident.

If you find yourself in an accident with a truck, it's possible that you could be injured and your vehicle could be seriously damaged.

The best thing you can do is move your car to safety, if possible, and then call for an ambulance. Along with this, it's a good idea to have police on the scene.

Once you are checked for injuries and know what the future holds in regards to treatment, you can begin to learn more about the accident, including a focus on who was responsible.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed Nov. 28, 2016

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