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3 reasons truck drivers crash on the roads

You were driving to work when it happened. The truck driver in the lane next to you decided to merge, but he didn't use his turn signal. Worse yet, the negligent driver didn't see you there, driving right next to him.

The next thing you know, you're in the hospital after a serious crash. Witnesses called an ambulance for you, and you were rushed to the hospital with serious head injuries.

Crashes like this aren't uncommon, especially in a busy city like Louisville. Fortunately, you may have a chance to pursue compensation and get what you need while you recover. Your crash never should have happened, but the driver is responsible.

What makes truck drivers crash?

There are a few different reasons truck drivers crash. Some of the most common are distractions, drowsiness and speeding.

1. Distractions

While many people worry more about distractions like talking on a cell phone or sending a text message, all kinds of different distractions could cause a truck driver to crash. Spilling a drink, eating behind the wheel, a passenger in the next seat or even a sudden honk or sound could cause the driver to swerve, slam on the brakes or make other errors. If you notice that a truck driver is swerving or looking away from the road, don't take a chance. Move out of the way and call the police to report the driver.

2. Drowsiness

Truck drivers are behind the wheel for long hours with little sleep. There are federal regulations in place that restrict their work hours, so they get enough sleep to drive safely. Unfortunately, some businesses hold their drivers to unrealistic schedules, which makes it more likely for a driver to drive longer than he or she is supposed to. Nodding off for even a second is too long and can cause a crash.

3. Speeding

Speeding is another risk to other drivers that can cause a truck driver to crash. When a large truck travels at high speeds, it's much harder to stop within a short distance. If the driver sees slowing traffic ahead but is moving too fast to stop in time, he or she will most likely cause a serious collision.

These are a few reasons truck drivers get into accidents. After a crash, it is important that an investigation takes place to determine exactly what happened and who is at fault so that they can be held accountable for damages.

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