What's Causing all the 18-Wheeler Wrecks?

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By CBS 8 News

A rash of truck accidents in our area over the last 24 hours or so has tied up traffic and left people wondering whose at fault.

Motorists we talked to blame the truck drivers.

But truck drivers say it's the motorists.

Truck driver instructor Frank Dreyfus with Trenholm State Technical College says they teach truckers to comply with all the laws, be safe drivers, watch their speed and their blind spots.

He says he thinks a lot of the accidents with motorists are due to the driving environment.

State troopers say sometimes trucker fatigue is a factor in these crashes, but mainly it's a result of trucks and cars sharing the road, and in more cases the motorist is at fault.

"They always got somewhere to be, always running late -- or you feel like you are and if everybody truckers and motorists would just take a deep breath and slow down and pay attention to the details of where they are in reference to the truck and how they interact with each other we would all be a lot safer," Lt. Mike Junkin with the Alabama State Troopers told CBS 8 News.

State troopers say everyone should use safe driving skills like using your turn signal, don't cut in front of the other vehicle, leave plenty of space between vehicles and don't linger in the blind spots.

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Frank Dillon said on Wednesday, Jul 25 at 10:22 PM

I am a former truck driver of 15 years and from all of my years driving all through the United States, in most cases it is the driver of the smaller vehicle that is at fault. I also believe that all motorists need to be reminded on a daily bases of the rules of the road and that this will alleviate the majority of the semi=truck and car accidents.

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Godzilla Brown said on Wednesday, Jul 25 at 9:24 PM

"... and left people wondering whose at fault." Incorrect. This should be "... who's at fault". You should use the contraction for "who is", not the possessive from of "who"? Thank you.

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