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Trucking accidents, automobile or motorcycle accidents, can lead to complex legal problems that end up in mediation or even in trial. Therefore, many times, if you have been involved in a trucking accident, it’s in your best interest to seek the advice of an experienced attorney to help you through the difficult time.

You might be:

  • Losing pay
  • Accruing expensive medical bills
  • Unable to work
  • Injured or suffering potential permanent disability
  • And just plain angry

We understand. But you shouldn’t let that anger control you. A skilled lawyer can help you recover damages after a trucking accident.

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Common Causes Of Trucking Accidents

In many cases, roadway accident between a passenger vehicle like a car and a commercial truck is caused in part by negligence by the automobile driver. A typical factor in collisions involving passenger vehicles and large trucks is an automobile’s unawareness of a truck's performance capabilities, including limits associated with acceleration, braking, wide turns and the drivers limited visibility.

Some typical cases of negligence or carelessness committed by automobile drivers in the vicinity of large trucks include:

  • Driving in the "No-Zones" - the areas behind and beside a commercial truck where the truck driver has limited or zero visibility
  • Changing lanes sharply in front of a truck
  • Maneuvering to the right of a truck that is making a right turn.
  • Miscalculating an approaching truck's speed at an intersection and making a left turn in front of the truck.
  • Merging improperly into traffic, causing a truck to maneuver or brake quickly.
  • Failure to slow down or speed up when a truck begins to change lanes or merge.
  • Unsafe passing, especially passing with inadequate headway.
  • Passing a truck, then being blown out of position by air turbulence or cross-wind.
  • Pulling into traffic from the roadside in front of a truck without speeding up sufficiently.
  • Driving between large trucks, known as “the rocking chair.” Not really a good idea.
  • Abandoning a vehicle in a travel lane or failing to get a broken down vehicle completely off the highway and out of harm’s way.

The Other Side Of The Coin - Dangers Presented By Commercial Truck Drivers

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:

  1. Poor training and driving technique, safety concerns, and not practicing defensive driving.
  2. Incentives that encourage faster vehicle speeds and more hours of consecutive vehicle operation than would normally be advisable.
  3. Unrealistic schedules and expectations of trucking companies that encourage drivers to hurry, despite safety risks involved.

Have You Been Injured As The Result Of Some Kind Of Trucking Accident?

If so, you should contact one of our highly skilled trucking accident lawyers here at Lowman Law Firm. We can help you during this difficult time.

 

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