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With the Fourth of July holiday comes certain road risks

With the much-anticipated Fourth of July holiday weekend nearly upon us, people throughout Texas and across much of the U.S. now have one eye on the clock, counting down the hours until they are free to enjoy some much-needed time away from the daily grind, and relax with family and friends.

While some will be heading to the airport to travel to faraway destinations and others won't be going any farther than their own backyard, still others will be hitting the road. Indeed, many travel experts are predicting record levels of traffic given the low fuel prices throughout much of the nation.

Those planning a road trip should know that in addition to sharing the highways with more vehicles than they are perhaps accustomed to, they will also be sharing the roads with the usual fleet of semi trucks.

Indeed, the danger posed by these semis may be higher than usual, as the increased amount of traffic may serve to push truckers behind schedule, meaning they'll do everything in their power to meet their deadline, including perhaps speeding and executing dangerous driving maneuvers.

Consequently, it could be argued that Fourth of July motorists are at an elevated risk of being involved in otherwise preventable rear-end accidents or passing-related accidents.

These preventable rear-end accidents can occur where a trucker fails to do any of the following:

  • Maintain a safe speed and following distance
  • Monitor traffic conditions
  • Minimize distractions
  • Allow enough room for passing cars to get safely back into the right lane
  • Allow enough room for merging cars to enter

These preventable passing-related accidents can occur where a trucker fails to do any of the following:

  • Leave sufficient distance when reentering a lane after passing
  • Leave sufficient distance both before and during passing
  • Use their turn signals
  • Yield to oncoming traffic
  • Wait until the view of the road ahead is no longer obstructed

All of this naturally raises the question as to what, if anything, drivers can do to protect themselves from these sorts of dangers. According to experts, the answer is simply to remain vigilant when in the vicinity of big rigs, drive defensively and observe the rules of the road.

In the event you suffer serious personal injuries or lose a loved one in a truck accident caused by the negligence of a driver or trucking outfit, it's important to understand that you have rights and you have options for seeking justice.

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