Truck drivers in Kentucky should take precautions in bad weather to avoid causing accidents. They might be more likely to hydroplane in an empty big rig and might need to pull over in some types of weather.

Some causes of truck accidents are not the fault of the driver. For example, if the truck is improperly loaded, it could tip over or jackknife. Debris falling from the truck could also cause accidents. Improperly maintained equipment, ranging from a cracked windshield that affects a driver’s view to a brake malfunction, could result in a serious accident.

However, drivers should also be careful to avoid engaging in behavior that causes danger for others. It can be tempting for truck drivers to speed since they can make more money by delivering loads quickly, but this also increases the risk of an accident. Drivers may be similarly tempted to drive when they are tired, but driving while fatigued can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated and should be avoided. Drivers also should not drink and drive. However, distracted driving causes even more accidents than driving under the influence. A driver can be distracted by taking attention away from the road for a moment, such as looking for a dropped item on the floor. Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions.

When a motor vehicle accident happens and a truck is involved, it is important to determine who is at fault. People who are injured in such an accident may be owed compensation by the driver who caused it. Furthermore, in trucking accidents, that liability could extend to the company the driver is working for. Unfortunately, insurance companies may try to pay as little as possible, which is why having legal assistance could be advisable for an injured victim.