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Common reasons truck drivers contribute to truck accidents

There are many potential causes of a truck accident. From speeding drivers, to unsafe road conditions, to defective auto parts, there is no single source behind a Virginia truck accident. Frequently, specific behaviors of truck drivers lead to an accident, and some of these actions are more common than others in contributing to truck accidents.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the most common truck driver violation that leads to accidents is speeding. In 2014, speeding by a negligent truck driver contributed to approximately 7.1 percent of accidents. Another significant cause of truck accidents is distraction or inattention on the part of a driver, which caused 6.2 percent of accidents. Maintaining a large commercial vehicle on Virginia's highways requires a driver's full attention, and the failure to maintain full concentration can contribute to dangerous accidents. Other driver impairment and general careless driving by a truck driver can also lead to accidents.

Traffic violations are a cause of truck accidents, as well. Common traffic violations that contribute to accidents include failure to yield right of way, failure to keep in the proper lane, following improperly and failure to obey traffic control devices such as stoplights. Furthermore, when a driver's vision is obscured, he or she may be more likely to cause an accident.

These are some of the factors that may contribute to a motor vehicle-truck collision. A combination of factors may also lead to an accident. It can be difficult to establish precisely why an accident occurred, and, therefore, if an individual has been harmed in a collision with a truck, he or she may find that legal counsel can be helpful in sorting out the reasons behind an accident and establishing liability.

Source:, "Trucking by the Number 2016: Safety," accessed Sept. 9, 2016

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