A commercial truck accident is every bit as dangerous as it sounds, especially when a passenger vehicle is part of the crash.

As a driver, you need to understand why commercial truck accidents continue to happen, as this knowledge can help you avoid a serious situation that leads to injury or even death.

By understanding why these accidents occur, you may be able to remove yourself from harm’s way, thus helping you avoid a situation that is likely to change your life forever.

Here are some of the most common causes of commercial truck crashes:

  • Inadequate training as it relates to defensive driving and safety techniques
  • A system of compensation that leads to truckers breaking the law, such as speeding and/or not taking enough breaks
  • Distracted driving, which comes in many forms, such as text messaging and eating while behind the wheel
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Reckless driving, including but not limited to speeding, failure to yield, and failure to use a turn signal

On the plus side, it’s good to have knowledge of why these accidents occur.

Conversely, you’re not always in position to do something that keeps you out of trouble. For example, just because you know a trucker could fall prey to a distraction doesn’t mean you can do anything about it.

If you are part of a truck accident in the future, there’s nothing more important than your health and well-being. You need to move to safety, if possible, and call 911. The sooner police and an ambulance arrive at the scene the better off you will feel about the future.

Once you receive treatment and have a clear understanding of your injuries, you can decide what to do next. This may entail learning more about your legal rights with the idea that you will be able to receive compensation from the negligent party, which can include the truck driver and possibly the trucking company.