When big rig accidents occur, some bystanders assume that the person in a passenger car was more likely at fault than the truck driver. Some people assume that since the truck driver is a professional, they are less likely to be negligent. While it is certainly true that car drivers can be at fault, it is also true that truck drivers can be at fault. Learn more about potential ways their negligence can cause issues and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Truck Drivers May Drive Aggressively
Anyone can drive aggressively – even a truck driver. They may do it in response to something they see as disrespectful behavior. They may be trying to show off. They may just be behind on their route and taking steps to get to their destination by any means possible – even if it means a serious accident resulting from their aggressive driving.
Truck Drivers May Tailgate
It is dangerous for anyone to tailgate but it is especially dangerous for a truck. Due to their size and weight, these vehicles need much longer to stop than the average vehicle. As a result, when a truck driver tailgates it can be extremely dangerous. They are unlikely to be able to stop quickly if the vehicle in front of them makes a sudden move.
Truck Drivers May Fail to Use Their Turn Signals
There is a reason that the law requires the use of turn signals when changing lanes or turning: It helps everyone else on the road know what a vehicle is up to. If a truck driver fails to use their turn signal, they can easily cut someone off or take another vehicle by surprise when they turn left with no signal. It is unsafe for any vehicle to turn or change lanes without a turn signal – and even more so for trucks.
Truckers May Speed
You may have noticed that some areas of the interstate have two speed limits: One for trucks and one for all other passenger vehicles. There is a good reason for that: Speeding trucks are extremely dangerous. When a truck is moving fast, it takes longer to stop. When a truck is moving fast and it collides with a vehicle, the impact is much greater than the impact would be if two smaller vehicles collided. As a result, if a truck speeds, this can be enough to cause an accident and turn what could have been a minor accident into a catastrophic accident.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney if You Have Been Injured in a Truck Accident
Have you been injured in a truck accident? If so, you should contact a personal injury attorney to find out what your options are. You can do so by calling The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.