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Common questions associated with a truck accident

As the driver of a passenger vehicle, you know just how difficult it can be to share the road with others. This is especially true of truckers.

Motorists should do whatever it takes to avoid an accident with a truck. After all, the differences in size and weight alone is enough to put them in a very bad spot.

Here are some of the most common questions associated with a truck accident:

-- What are the primary causes of truck accidents? There are many answers to this question. For example, truckers who are distracted or fatigued often cause accidents that lead to serious injury and even death.

-- What can passenger vehicle drivers do to avoid an accident with a truck? There is no way to guarantee your safety, but you can proactive about highway safety by leaving enough space between your vehicle and any trucks on the road.

-- Why do truck accidents often cause more serious injuries than accidents involving passenger vehicles? The primary reason for this is the size and weight disparity. Trucks can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, with the average passenger vehicle checking in at 3,000 pounds.

On the highway, there's a good chance that you'll be in close proximity to a large number of trucks. In the event of an accident, you need to move your car to safety, if possible, and immediately call for an ambulance for the injured. Also, it's a good idea for police to arrive on the scene, as they can control the situation and create a report.

Once you receive treatment, you can then learn more about the accident, including who was at fault and what rights you have.

Source: FindLaw, "Truck Accident FAQ," accessed Dec. 01, 2016

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