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Why do truck accidents continue to happen?

If you drive the roads of West Virginia, you know that there will always be trucks in close proximity. There's nothing wrong with sharing the road with truckers, especially if you're driving on the highway.

However, every year, many people are injured and killed in truck accidents in West Virginia. Understanding why these accidents happen can go a long way in keeping you safe:

-- Inadequate training. You may believe that all truckers are trained properly before hitting the road, but this isn't always the case.

-- Rushed schedule. Did you know that some trucking companies implement a system of compensation that encourages drivers to break the speed limit and/or drive too many consecutive hours?

-- Reckless driving. This can mean many things, from speeding to changing lanes without signaling. While most truck drivers follow the rules of the road, many neglect to do so. It's these people who often cause accidents.

As the driver of a passenger vehicle, you should be aware that bad things can happen when truckers make poor decisions, and collisions between trucks and cars can cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers in the vehicles far smaller than the trucks. Furthermore, you need to make personal choices that will keep you safe.

If you are involved in a truck accident, don't wait to receive medical attention. The sooner that you're treated by a medical professional, the better off your chances of healing will be.While getting better should be your main focus, you and your family should work to determine the cause of the accident so that you can find out whether you can seek compensation..

Source: FindLaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed Dec. 26, 2016

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