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What causes a truck accident?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, accidents involving large trucks caused 111,000 injuries and over 4,000 fatalities in 2014. As you travel this holiday season, you need to be aware of the dangers that you will face as you share the roads with commercial trucks. If you are injured in a truck accident, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against those responsible.

Truck accidents in Florida are caused by a number of factors including a variety of driver errors. Some accidents are caused by drivers of passenger vehicles who do not take the truck's large size and performance limitations in to account when driving near them.

Many accidents however, are caused by truck drivers operating their vehicles negligently. Some truck drivers have not received adequate training and do not know how to safely operate commercial trucks. Trucks are often harder to navigate than other vehicles, thereby requiring drivers to learn special driving techniques. Truck drivers may have difficulty maneuvering such a large vehicle and may not be able to see smaller vehicles in certain areas around the truck.

Some truck drivers are also under the pressure of strict schedules implemented by their employers. While there are federal regulations to restrict the number of continuous driving hours for truck drivers, many drivers do not adhere to these regulations. As a result, fatigued truck drivers can fall asleep behind the wheel and cause serious accidents.

There are many potential causes for truck accidents. If you are injured in a truck accident caused by a negligent truck driver, you may be able to recover damages. These damages can cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed on Nov. 21, 2016

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