If you’ve spent any amount of time driving in close proximity to commercial trucks, especially on the highway, you know that many truckers neglect to follow the rules of the road. Instead, the only thing on their mind is reaching their destination as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, when a trucker violates the law, they increase the risk of an accident. Here are some of the many violations that can result in trouble:

  • Excessive speeding: When a trucker is on a tight deadline, they’re more likely to speed. And in some cases, this is more than just a few miles per hour over the speed limit.
  • Illegal passing: For example, if traffic is slow-moving in the left lane, an impatient trucker may attempt to pass in the right lane, even though it isn’t safe. Even if they’re successful in doing so, it’s against the law.
  • Distracted driving: Truckers often spend long hours on the road, during which they look for anything possible to pass the time. This can result in daydreaming, talking on the phone, texting, drinking or eating. All of these are distractions that greatly increase the risk of an accident.

If a truck driver violates the rules of the road and causes a crash as a result, move to safety and call for help. You should remain in your vehicle until an ambulance and police arrive at the scene to assist you.

Once you receive treatment and have a clear understanding of your injuries and prognosis, it’s easier to file an insurance claim and take the steps necessary to protect your legal rights.