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Study shows drivers are the most common cause of truck accidents

From the coast near Savannah to the border with the Florida Panhandle, Georgia is full of trucks of all sizes and types. Tractor-trailers, tankers and other heavy vehicles may not be more likely than cars and pickup trucks to be involved in accidents, but they may be more likely to cause severe injury and death when they are.

A study by the federal agency responsible for truck safety claims seven out of eight serious accidents involving trucks across the United States involved a problem with the driver. Most of the remainder were related to problems with the vehicles themselves. Traffic flow, speed and unexpected conditions were often associated with these collisions.

Most of the accidents involving a problem with the driver involved bad decision-making. This includes driving too fast, not perceiving the speed of vehicles around them or following them at an unsafe distance. The next most common group of truck accidents involve problems recognizing dangers, such as distraction or inattention to important details on the road.

One of the biggest reported causes of driver problems in truck accidents is fatigue. The long hours and many miles of professional trucking can wear people down and lower their abilities to react to situations. This is why it is always a good idea to keep a reasonable distance from trucks and be able to react to sudden changes.

Victims of truck accidents may require financial damages to help with recovery and replace the value lost in a serious collision. If this is the case, legal representation is always a good idea.

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