Semi-trucks are much bigger than the other vehicles on the road, but because there's a universal set of rules and laws that every driver follows, there is a common understanding of what safe driving should look like. The trouble comes when drivers slip into bad driving habits causing them to take their attention away from their priority of driving with a focus on safety.
When drivers are texting, talking on their phones, eating, or doing any number of other things that are taking their focus off of driving, they risk causing an accident. Truck drivers spend so much time in their cabs that they may be prone to multi-tasking at the expense of other drivers' and pedestrians’ safety.
When drivers get tired from driving for extended hours, the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel is very real. When truck drivers try to log extra miles, or skip their mandated breaks, they risk this kind of fatigue. Because their pay is directly related to how fast they ship their cargo, truck drivers are tempted to put in a few extra hours. Thus, you have truck drivers falling asleep behind the wheel when they should be resting instead. Most cases a truck accident lawyer take on involve truck drivers falling asleep behind the wheel.
When drivers refuse to accept their prescribed role on the roads, trouble follows. If someone is in a rush, for instance, they might decide that they no longer have to follow speed limits or honor stop signs and red lights. When semi-truck drivers are fighting time to get their cargo to its destination, they may be prone to exhibit aggressive tendencies, putting other drivers at risk.
Respecting the rules of the road is the best way to control situations that occur while driving. Indeed, there is much that you cannot control, but you can probably cut down your chances of being involved in an accident with a semi-truck if you're the more alert driver and are paying attention to the other drivers around you.