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3 reasons why truck drivers cause accidents

It's true that a lot of truck accidents are caused by other drivers, at least in part. They may tailgate trucks, cut them off, drive in the no zones, not give them space to turn, and make other mistakes. However, even though truck drivers are professionals who drive for a living, it's only fair to point out that they also cause some of these potentially deadly accidents. Below are three reasons that they may do so:

Things tow truck drivers found in the cabs of wrecked cars

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  • One Holy Bible, New King James Version
  • A squashed McDonalds 12-ounce coffee cup
  • One CVS toothbrush, medium stiff
  • The sports section of the Sunday Star, opened to predictions of that night's Chiefs/Raiders game
  • A stick of Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation Blender
  • A 750 ml bottle of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, half-full
  • One 2015 Missouri DOR Handbook
  • #10 envelope containing registration and proof of insurance
  • School textbook, "Daily Phonics, Grades 4-6," Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
  • One dashboard doll, hula girl with ukulele

The message to you

We all live busy lives, and we are trying to do too many things while we drive. As the holiday season progresses, we urge you to focus on the road, and protect the ones you love.

Truckers face fines for texting behind the wheel

Texting while driving is a common form of distraction, something that lawmakers and police have been trying to put a stop to in many ways. When a driver isn't watching the road, he or she can quickly cause a deadly accident. This is bad enough with 3,000-pound passenger vehicles, but it's especially dangerous with semi trucks.

Traumatic brain injury: understanding the profundity of deficits

There is no cookie cutter brain injury. Just as the brain is almost infinitely complex, no two instances of traumatic brain injury are the same. These injuries nevertheless are lumped together in the catch-all phrase traumatic brain injury, resulting from a violent blow to the head that causes long-term damage to the connective tissue and the lobes of the brain.

FMCSA makes safety recommendations to truckers on the Galaxy Note7

All kinds of things can impact the likelihood of a truck getting into an accident. One are what sorts of objects are aboard the truck. This not only includes what kind of cargo a truck is carrying, but what objects a trucker brings with them into the truck. When such objects contain defects which could cause fires or other harmful incidents, there could be a risk that the object could open the door to a crash through disrupting the truck or its driver.

Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, Avvo.com and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.

Matt Mulhern

Attorney Matt Mulhern

Mr. Mulhern has over 25 years of legal experience and a 100 percent success rate arguing before the Missouri Court of Appeals. He has a unique knowledge of the inner workings of insurance companies and how they will dispute your injury claim. He practices in both Missouri and Kansas.