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How might other drivers avoid a trucking accident?

Right now, large, heavy vehicles are plying Pennsylvania's highways. These semitrailer trucks are almost always driven by trained professionals who know what they are doing. Still, truck accidents do happen. It is important to drive safely on the streets, roads and highways of the Keystone State. By taking some simple precautions, drivers can reduce the chances of an accident with a truck.

Semitrailer trucks have "no zones," which are areas behind and beside a truck where the truck driver has limited or no visibility. Other drivers should avoid driving in these areas. Other drivers should also avoid changing lanes abruptly in front of a truck. Problems can crop up when other drivers misjudge an approaching truck's speed at an intersection and make a left turn right in front of the truck. When drivers make a left turn, they should always be aware of oncoming traffic.

Due to their size and relative lack of maneuverability, trucks use a complex procedure to execute right turns at intersections. If a truck's right turn signal is on, other drivers should allow the truck to turn without interference. Other drivers also should avoid driving between big trucks, and they should not pull in front of trucks without accelerating to the speed of traffic first.

Due to their large size, semitrailer trucks can generate a lot of air turbulence and cross-wind. If other drivers do not take this into account, truck accidents can happen. There are other bad driving practices that can cause truck accidents as well.

What happens when a semi truck crash happens through no fault of the other driver? Very often, these accidents are the result of truck driver negligence or truck owner negligence.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed on Jan. 14, 2018

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