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In what ways do truck drivers contribute to or cause accidents?

Due to their size and weight, accidents involving tractor-trailers and other heavy commercial trucks can be very destructive. Unfortunately, these truck accidents typically cause lots of property damage and can result in devastating injuries.

There are many unforeseen factors that contribute to truck accidents in Washington such as mechanical failure or roadway obstacles and little can be done to prevent these catastrophes. However, accidents contributed to, or caused by, truck drivers are usually preventable. Both state and federal governments are concerned by truck accidents and the devastation they cause. As such, a lot of study goes into causation, both preventable and unpreventable. Below are some of the driver-critical problems often resulting in truck accidents across the nation.

-- Non-performance issues such as falling asleep while driving

-- Poor-decision making such as driving too fast or following a vehicle too closely

-- Not paying attention or becoming distracted by something

-- Performance problems like panicking in a crisis situation or overcompensating for errors

-- Being under the influence of prescription or non-prescription drugs

-- Fatigue or drowsiness while driving

Most of the people who operate large or heavy commercial trucks strive to do so within the confines of the law. After all, a truck accident could derail their career or leave them injured and disabled. It is in the best interests of truck drivers to operate their vehicles safely and responsibly. With that said, truck accidents do happen and victims have a right to seek justice through the law. A personal injury attorney can help victims proceed with a lawsuit as well as investigate other legal methods to make them as whole as possible after a preventable truck accident.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "The Large Truck Crash Causation Study," accessed April 20, 2016

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