There have been countless accidents caused by negligent drivers, but the ones that seem to have a far more drastic impact are the ones involving trucks. The severe impact of getting someone’s car hit by an 18-wheeler truck can result in devastating effects. It is important to know what are the main causes that lead truck drivers to show such recklessness on the road and, also, what to do to after an accident has occurred.
Common causes led by truck drivers
No one wants to be held responsible for any kind of accident, particularly the truck driver’s employer or the company that they represent. However, many commercial trucks have been solely responsible for various accidents that have happened on the road.
There are several causes that lead drivers to negligent driving, but the most common one is speeding. Most drivers tend to go past the speed limit and oftentimes get distracted on the road, which can lead to severe accidents. Another cause is the weather, which is quite unpredictable, and some drivers do not know how to react when they are dealing with heavy rain or snow. Another cause is driver fatigue; several drivers are on the road for long hours without rest or food. This affects their reflexes and can slow down their reactions when an accident is about to occur. Blind spots also play a huge part, especially if it’s a big truck since drivers may not have clear visibility about other cars in their perimeter. Finally, they may be dealing with unfamiliar roadways, which can lead to several distractions since they may need to use their phones to adjust the GPS or get in touch with someone that can redirect their route.
After the accident
If someone happens to be involved in a truck accident, it is important to know what can be done after the accident and what measures can be taken. The first and most important step that any driver must make is to make sure that he or she and any other passenger in the car is all right. The driver must call 911 and notify them of the accident. It is also important to file a police report, even if it was a minor accident.
The second step will be for the driver to seek medical attention even if he or she feels completely fine. Sometimes there are injuries that the driver is aware of and can only be detected by a doctor. Finally, it is important to document the accident. The driver should take pictures and obtain the contact information and what company the truck driver works for.
All of these measures can be taken to recover damages if the victim seeks to press legal action against the truck driver and his or her employers.