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Common causes of truck and car accidents

When North Carolina motorists are in accidents with large trucks, the truck drivers are not always at fault. In fact, car drivers are at fault in around 70 percent of accidents that involve large trucks and cars.

About 475,000 large trucks are involved in accidents each year according to federal statistics. There are around 5,000 deaths and more than 140,000 injuries as a result of those accidents. In some cases truck driver error is to blame, but a look at how some of these accidents happen can shed some light on what may be other causes.

More than one-fourth of people killed in crashes between a car and truck were head-on collisions which suggests that a car driver was crossing a center line because of distraction or drowsiness. Roughly the same number involved car drivers rear-ending trucks. These drivers could be tailgating rather than allowing adequate stopping distance.

Fatal truck accidents are most likely on a Thursday followed by a Friday. This may be because for drivers on a Monday to Friday schedule, they are tired and distracted by the end of the week. Most fatal accidents happen from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and more than half happen on major roads that are not freeways or interstates.

Whether the driver of the car, the truck driver, defective auto parts or some other factor is responsible for an accident between a truck and an automobile, these accidents may be particularly serious for the car occupants because of the difference in sizes between the two vehicles. The driver of the car and the passengers may be severely injured. They might want to have a lawyer's help in determining the party or parties that should be held financially responsible.

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