Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents: Other Vehicle Drivers
While many truck accidents are the fault of the negligent truck driver, trucking company, or defective equipment, some truck accidents can be attributed to the actions of the drivers of passenger vehicles. Cars can be to blame in the event of collisions between passenger vehicles and commercial trucks.
When such accidents occur, it is generally the occupants of the car that will be seriously injured or even killed due to the large size and weight of the truck.
Proving Liability of Passenger Vehicles
Most unsafe acts committed by the drivers of passenger vehicles who are involved in truck crashes have to do with ignorance as to the truck’s performance limitations and capabilities, such as those associated with braking and visibility.
Some of the most dangerous acts committed by car drivers while in proximity of large trucks which often result in truck accidents include:
- Driving in the truck’s blind spots or “no-zones,” which include the areas behind and beside a commercial truck where the truck driver has limited to no visibility
- Misjudging the trucker’s speed as it approaches an intersection and subsequently making a left turn in front of the car
- Changing lanes quickly in front of a truck
- Maneuvering to the right of a truck while it makes a right hand turn
- Failure to slow down or speed up when a truck begins to change lanes
- Merging improperly in front of a truck or other vehicles, causing the truck to brake quickly or attempt to maneuver around
- Unsafe passing
- Passing a truck only to be blown out of your lane due to cross-wind or air turbulence
- Driving between large trucks
- Pulling out in front of a truck without accelerating quickly enough
- Stopping in the travel lane or failing to remove your disabled vehicle from the lane by placing it completely off the highway or on a shoulder
Multiple Vehicle Accidents & Liability
Multiple vehicle accidents will often include one or more commercial trucks. When a multiple vehicle accident occurs, it will be the task of the investigators and your accident attorney to uncover the negligence and therefore liability of each party.
In the event of a multiple vehicle accident involving both cars and trucks, but caused at least in part by the actions of the driver of a car, you may be able to seek a personal injury action against this driver. If the truck driver, trucking company, or a part manufacturer also played a role in the accident, you may have a viable claim against multiple defendants.
Your truck accident attorney will need to thoroughly investigate the accident and uncover all potential avenues for recovery so that you can be made whole again following any serious accident.
Zinda Law Group: Assisting in Even the Most Complex of Truck Accidents
Each truck accident is unique and will require investigations by a skilled attorney and investigatory team in order to obtain your maximum recovery. The Texas Truck Accident Attorneys at Zinda Law Group have assisted countless truck accident victims with a wide array of complex accident cases.
We assist in multiple vehicle accidents and accidents with several defendants. We understand the serious consequences of any truck accident and will aggressively seek compensation for your damages stemming from the accident, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
We offer a free consultation to new clients and have office locations in Austin and across Texas. Call Zinda Law Group toll free at 800-863-5312 to speak to one of our renowned truck accident attorneys today.