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There are 4 reasons why truck accidents happen

As you share the road with commercial trucks, you need to realize that an accident could happen at any time. Even if you do your best to keep your distance and avoid trouble, a trucker could make a serious mistake that puts you, among others, in a dangerous position.

Here are the four most common causes of a truck accident:

  • Truck driver negligence. This is exactly what it sounds like. It's when a trucker acts in a negligent manner, such as by speeding or running a red light.
  • Trucking company negligence. An example of this would be a trucking company that hires unqualified drivers, thus putting anyone on the road with these people at risk.
  • Truck maintenance. Trucks require quite a bit of maintenance in order to keep them in good operating condition. Some truckers and truck companies fall short in this area.
  • Design defects. If a manufacturer designs a defective truck, it could lead to an accident at some point in the future.

Do you know the symptoms of whiplash?

Whiplash is a serious neck injury that occurs as the result of rapid back and forth neck movement. This often comes into play when a person's vehicle is struck from behind by another.

There is no guarantee that a rear-end auto accident will result in whiplash, but this is something to think about if you find yourself in this position.

Hours of service limitations intended to reduce truck accidents

No one wants to get into a serious motor vehicle crash. The only thing more frightening to the average driver than the idea of a collision is the idea of getting into an accident with a massive commercial truck.

These huge vehicles, while critical the modern economy, present a serious risk to the average passenger vehicle. It only takes a few seconds of distraction or negligence for a commercial truck driver to turn in front of or merge into a much smaller passenger vehicle. When that happens, the people in the smaller vehicle are at higher risk of injury or death than the commercial driver.

Delivery truck drivers are not always careful

Do you live in or around the Houston area? If so, you know that sharing the road with delivery trucks is a way of life. This is true both on the highway and on city streets.

While most delivery truck drivers are cautious at all times, others don't take the same approach. Instead, they do whatever it takes to meet their deadlines, even if it means putting others at risk.

I got hurt in a rental car wreck: Now what?

Renting a car for a road trip will save wear and tear on your own vehicle. You can even rent a car that's big enough to fit all your friends. However, there’s an important decision you have to make when signing the paperwork for your rental car: How much car insurance will you buy?

You can save a lot of money by not purchasing rental car insurance, and, in some cases, your own car insurance might cover you. That said, in the unfortunate event you get hurt in an accident, you’ll have a lot of questions.

What to do as the victim of a hit-and-run accident

There is nothing worse than the thought of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. In most cases, all parties involved will stay on the scene until police arrive. However, this is not always the case.

Were you struck by a driver who immediately fled the scene? If so, this shouldn't have any bearing on the way you approach your personal health. If injured, you should still call for an ambulance and administer first aid until help arrives.

How is a hip fracture diagnosed?

If you are involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, you realize one thing to be true: You may suffer a serious injury.

A hip fracture is every bit as painful and serious as it sounds. If you have any reason to believe that you have suffered this injury, there is no time to delay.

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