The size difference between trucks and most other vehicles on the roads in Kentucky is drastic. Due to this size difference, when trucks are involved in truck accidents, the damage and injuries to those involved can be significant. That is why there are strict rules for truck drivers to help prevent catastrophic accidents. However, it is not just truck drivers who play a role in truck accidents. The other drivers on the roads also need to drive carefully when driving around trucks.
Mistakes drivers make that lead to truck accidents
There are many ways that the other drivers can cause accidents or create dangerous situations which lead to truck accidents. Some of those actions include:
- Staying in truck drivers’ blind spots, which can be on the sides, back and front of the truck.
- Merging too close to the front of the truck. Drivers should be able to see the truck driver in their rearview mirror before merging into the trucks’ lane.
- Not giving them enough space when trucks take right turns.
- Tailgating too close to the back of the truck.
- Not giving trucks enough space when merging onto the highway.
When drivers take actions stated above and cause an accident, they could be left with serious injuries. However, just because the other vehicle incurs the most significant damages, it does not mean that the truck driver is at fault for the injury. Every accident needs to be analyzed carefully to determine what occurred and who is at fault for the accident.
It can be easy for drivers to blame truck drivers for any truck accident in Kentucky. There are many situations when the other driver is at fault for the accident. Despite that fact the driver may still try to blame the truck driver and start a lawsuit. Truck drivers may need a strong defense if they are ultimately sued by the other driver. Consulting with experienced attorneys who understand how to analyze truck accidents could be beneficial.