Potential causes of car-truck accidents

The more time you spend on the roadways of New Mexico the more you'll realize that there's no avoiding commercial trucks. Learning how to safely share the road with all other vehicles can help you prevent an accident.

There are many potential causes of car-truck accidents, and knowledge of these allows you to avoid dangerous situations. Here are some of the most common mistakes truckers make that lead to an accident:

  • Drowsy driving: Truck drivers don't always get enough rest, which results in drowsy driving. Even if a trucker doesn't fall asleep at the wheel, drowsy driving can still cause an accident.
  • Distracted driving: With so many potential distractions, it's not always easy for truckers to pay attention to the road. Top distractions include texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking and reading a GPS or map.
  • Driving while intoxicated: In addition to illegal drugs and alcohol, this also includes prescription mediation.
  • Inadequate training: In this case, it's the trucking company that's to blame. All truckers should be properly trained on driving techniques, defensive driving and common safety concerns.
  • Reckless driving: For example, it's common for truckers to speed when they're behind schedule. This can also lead them to make other mistakes, such as illegal passing.

As the driver of a passenger vehicle, there are tips you can follow to prevent a car-truck accident:

  • Don't drive in a trucker's blind spot: This is the area directly behind and next to a commercial truck. Truckers don't often know when a vehicle is in their blind spot.
  • Carefully change lanes: If you change lanes abruptly in front of a truck, especially without using a turn signal, the trucker may not have time to stop before striking your vehicle.
  • Take extra caution in extreme weather: For instance, when winds are high, truck drivers struggle to keep their vehicle in their lane. Keep a greater distance between your vehicle and high profile vehicles during inclement weather.

If you're injured in a motor vehicle accident, pull to the side of the road and call 911. The sooner you take this step, the sooner police and an ambulance will rush to the scene.

Once you receive treatment and discuss your injuries and prognosis with your medical team, you can then contact your insurance agent. This is also a good time to learn more about protecting your legal rights, such as by seeking compensation from the negligent driver.

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