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With so many trucks on the road, there's always the possibility that one of these vehicles could be involved in a crash.

When driving a passenger vehicle, you need to pay close attention to what the trucks around you are doing. By keeping your distance, your minimize the risk of an accident.

You should also understand some of the primary causes of truck accidents, as this can also help you avoid trouble.

Here are some of the many reasons why commercial truck accidents happen in every state throughout the country:

-- Reckless driving. This comes in many forms, such as speeding and failing to use turn signals. Truckers need to obey the rules of the road at all times, but this doesn't always happen.

-- Inadequate training. Since truckers are in high demand, some trucking companies don't take the necessary steps in finding qualified drivers and providing the necessary training. This puts the truck driver, as well as everyone else on the road, in a dangerous position.

-- Unrealistic schedules. There are trucking companies that care about nothing more than making time. This often means setting unrealistic schedules that are impossible to keep. In an attempt to do so, some truckers will drive too fast and opt against getting enough rest.

-- Distracted driving. Regardless of the vehicle type, distracted driving can cause an accident. There are laws against this, but some truckers don't care. Instead, they text and drive or talk on a cellphone, for example, which increases the likelihood of an accident.

Knowing that a truck accident can happen for all of these reasons should open your eyes to the fact that danger is always lurking around the bend.

If you are involved in a truck accident, you'll want to move to safety (if possible), call for help, and receive immediate medical treatment.

Once you feel better and have the time to review the accident, you can learn more about the cause. The driver may have acted in a negligent manner, meaning that you could find it easier to collect compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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