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There’s nothing enjoyable about sharing the road with commercial trucks. They take up a lot of space, truckers don’t always follow the rules of the road and you always have to worry about them making a mistake.

If you’re injured in a car-truck accident, it’s critical that you receive medical treatment and then take the steps necessary to determine who was at fault.

Was the trucker, the truck company or both to blame?

It’s easy to assume that the trucker was the one who caused the accident and your subsequent injuries. And in many cases this is true. Here are some of the most common causes of a car-truck crash:

  • Drowsy driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Reckless driving

Along with mistakes that a trucker could make, trucking companies should also be held responsible when applicable. Here are some things they could do that result in a crash:

  • Unrealistic schedule, thus causing the trucker to take fewer breaks and drive in an aggressive manner
  • Improper training, such as allowing a trucker to take to the road without enough training hours under their belt
  • Improper loading, which can increase the risk of an overturn or losing product onto the roadway

A car-truck accident has the potential to cause serious injury or even death. And that’s why you should seek medical attention as quickly as you can. Call 911 and let the responding paramedics transport you to the hospital.

Once you receive treatment, you can turn more of your attention to the cause of the accident and protect your legal rights. Make sure that you have strong representation on your side against the big insurance companies so that the process remains fair.