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Car wrecks can happen because of risk factors that are less common, from a driver becoming startled by a spider that has crawled onto them to someone having a seizure while behind the wheel. It is also important to be aware of some of the risks that may come with driving a different type of vehicle. For example, someone who has only driven a small passenger vehicle may be more likely to cause an accident while trying to drive a truck or a recreational vehicle, for example.

Any time that a driver operates a new type of vehicle for the first time, it may take them a while to become comfortable in the vehicle and familiarize themselves with how it runs on the road. They may be sitting higher or lower and they may not be used to many different aspects of the vehicle. If you ever worry that you will struggle to drive a certain vehicle, for whatever reason, it is essential to make sure that you are safe and do not endanger your life or others’ lives.

Some accidents caused by operating a different vehicle type are minor, such as an accident caused by someone trying to park an RV in a tight space. Others, however, are very serious and result in the loss of life, with drivers not even paying attention to the fact that they cannot control the vehicle properly. If you were hit by someone who was driving a rental car or a vehicle they were not familiar with, you should definitely make note of this issue if you decide to file suit.