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Why large trucks and small vehicles collide

Kentucky residents may believe that accidents involving large trucks take place overnight, on the interstate or that they are caused by aggressive drivers. However, these are not assumptions that are borne out by the facts. In about 70 percent of accidents between large trucks and smaller vehicles, the driver of the smaller vehicle was responsible. This may be because drivers of those vehicles drive too fast or are in a truck driver's blind spot at the time of a crash.

Data shows that there are more fatal accidents between the hours of 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. than at any other point in the day. This suggests that human error may be playing a role in these accidents as it would seem more likely that drivers would be awake and alert during this time.

Most fatal accidents occur on major roadways as opposed to interstates. This is likely the case because drivers can generally go faster on a major roadway compared to a highway. Speed is one of the factors that contributes to the likelihood of a fatal accident taking place. Only 14 percent of large truck accident deaths took place on minor roadways.

If a truck driver is responsible for an accident involving injuries, that driver may be financially liable for any damages an injured victim may incur. However, it generally must be shown that a driver was negligent in causing the accident. In some cases the trucking company itself could be held financially responsible. An attorney will attempt to demonstrate that the accident was caused by a poorly-trained truck driver or by someone who was sleep-deprived when it happened. This could be done by reviewing police reports, company logs and the testimony of eyewitnesses.

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