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When sharing the road with commercial trucks, there are many steps you can take to protect yourself. Above all else, knowledge of the most common causes of car-truck accidents can help you avoid dangerous situations.

    Here are five of the most common causes of car-truck accidents:

    • Distracted driving: When a trucker is distracted for any reason, such as reading a map or talking on the phone, they’re not paying full attention to the road and vehicles around them. This greatly increases the risk of an accident.
    • Drowsy driving: Some truckers don’t take enough breaks to rest their mind and body. Even if a trucker doesn’t fall asleep at the wheel, driving drowsy can still cause an accident.
    • Driving under the influence: Any type of drug, prescription medication or alcohol limits a driver’s ability to make sound decisions. Even though it’s strictly prohibited, some truck drivers continue to take a risk with these substances.
    • Reckless driving: While most truckers do whatever they can to make the road safe for everyone, there are always a few who neglect to do so. They drive recklessly, such as by excessively speeding, changing lanes without signaling or passing in the right lane.
    • Lack of training: When a trucking company fails to provide proper training, it puts the trucker and others at risk of injury. Proper training related to defensive driving, safety and driving technique is critical.

    With so many concerns about your safety when driving in close proximity to commercial trucks, you’ll want to adjust your approach to help prevent trouble. Here are some things you should do:

    • Make it a habit to share the road with all drivers
    • Don’t drive in a trucker’s blind spot if at all possible
    • Follow the rules of the road at all times
    • Don’t drive between two commercial trucks
    • Don’t become aggressive, despite what others are doing

    You do your best to avoid trouble on the road, but if you’re injured in a commercial truck accident it’s critical to turn your immediate attention to your health.

    Once you receive treatment, discuss your prognosis with your medical team. As soon as possible, file a car insurance claim and take whatever steps you can to obtain compensation from the negligent party.

    Visit our website for more information on what to do after a motor vehicle accident in Tennessee.