Summer travel and truck accidents

Are you planning to hit the road this summer? Are you excited about traveling to and from your destination via car?

While millions upon millions of people will embark on a road trip in the months to come, some will never make it to their destination because of a motor vehicle accident.

There are many causes of motor vehicle accidents. Below, we're going to examine some of the most common causes of truck accidents:

-- Inadequate training. If a trucker does not receive the necessary training, such as how to deal with safety concerns, he or she is at greater risk of causing an accident.

-- System of compensation that pushes truck drivers to speed. Truckers are more likely to speed if they know they will receive extra money for reaching their destination sooner. This also means the driver may not get the rest he or she needs.

-- Distracted driving. Truck drivers, just the same as other motorists, should never become distracted when behind the wheel. Texting, adjusting a radio or eating (among other behaviors) can all lead to trouble on the road.

-- Drowsy driving. Truck drivers are known for traveling many miles in a single day. Unfortunately, if they don't get enough rest, it could lead to an accident.

-- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Any type of drug, including prescription medication, can increase the likelihood of a crash. The same holds true with alcohol (even one drink).

As you make your way down the road, do your best to keep as much space as possible between your vehicle and commercial trucks. This extra space can help you avoid an accident.

If you find yourself involved in a crash, do these things:

-- Check yourself for injuries

-- Call for help, including an ambulance and the police

-- Receive medical treatment

-- Focus on the cause of the accident

If the trucker was responsible for the crash, you'll want to consult with a personal injury attorney to learn more about your legal rights. An experienced lawyer can represent you and help you get the full and fair compensation you deserve.

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