Bits of apple, a case of sticky foot, piles of trash, and spotting your mother may not seem likely causes of road accidents, but they can be. Driving is a skill requiring focused attention, and distractions like these can easily lead to serious accidents if the vehicle in question is an 18-wheeler truck.

In fact, one such accident has already occurred. In 2011, a trucker was eating an apple while driving along the highway when a piece got stuck in his throat. The man started choking and blacked out, crashing his rig on the concrete barrier. The crash caused the blockage to dislodge as the man collided with the steering wheel chest-high, which saved his life. It was just lucky that the truck hit the barrier and not another vehicle.

Driver errors are the most common causes of truck accidents, but you don’t really expect an experienced driver to mistake the gas pedal for the brake at a crucial moment. However, when a person is over-fatigued, it results in impaired judgment and slow reflexes, and this can certainly cause pedal confusion.  This pedal confusion is often featured in television shows showing videos of weird accidents, and it is portrayed as funny, but there’s nothing funny about the amount of damage a big rig can cause in a similar situation. This is the reason why there are strict regulations regarding the hours of service for truck drivers.

Serious injury frequently results when truck accidents happen, and it is usually the driver of the smaller vehicle that gets the short end of the stick. Because of this, truck drivers carry a heavier duty of care than ordinary drivers when they go out on the road. If you have been seriously injured in an accident caused by the truck driver, you may be able to get compensation. Consult with a truck accident attorney in your area to get a better idea of the lay of the land.