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Negligent drivers may cause dangerous multi-vehicle accidents

There are many ways a truck accident might occur. Of course it is possible that a commercial truck driver is speeding down a Virginia highway and loses control of his or her truck, or falls asleep at the wheel. While a driver can never fully prepare for such a negligent truck driver, motorists may anticipate these risks when driving near commercial vehicles. What Virginians may not consider, however, is that another negligent vehicle driver might operate his or her vehicle in such a way that ultimately causes a serious multi-vehicle accident.

Automobile drivers who fail to take proper precautions near an 18-wheeler can cause major accidents that lead to serious injuries. A motorist who drives in the "no-zone" behind or beside a commercial vehicle may increase the risk of an accident if a truck driver cannot see the vehicle. Drivers who move to the right of a truck that is making a right turn or who change lanes quickly in front of a truck may also contribute to an accident that could ultimately involve multiple vehicles.

A driver who fails to properly pass a truck can also cause an accident. When an individual pulls into traffic in front of a truck and then neglects to speed up promptly, that motorist may create the possibility of a multi-vehicle pile-up. A driver who abandons his or her vehicle in a travel lane or who leaves his or her disabled vehicle partly in a travel lane may also contribute to an accident.

Virginia drivers must always be attentive for possible collisions, whether caused by an unqualified truck driver or another motorist who does not take proper care to drive cautiously around large commercial vehicles. Those who have been injured in a truck accident due to the negligence of a truck driver or another driver may be wise to seek prompt legal counsel to discuss their rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed Jan. 29, 2016

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