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You may be able to make a claim after a truck accident

Tractor trailers can be incredibly dangerous on the road, and if you've been involved in an accident, you'll want to work with your attorney to figure out what kind of compensation you can seek. Accidents involving 18-wheelers can be some of the worst; the crushing weight of the vehicle can literally destroy vehicles, disfiguring them and harming the people inside.

In many cases, a collision between a passenger vehicle and tractor trailer is fatal for the people inside the passenger car. This is because of the weight discrepancies between the vehicles. What may only slightly dent a trailer can rip the top off a vehicle or crush its roof.

To stay safe around these trucks, it's important to stay out of the driver's blind zone. Those areas, which are at the front, back, and sides of the truck, are places where the driver can't see you, so he or she won't be able to tell if you're in that space where he's trying to move his vehicle.

If you're traveling in front of a tractor trailer, remember that it takes these vehicles much longer to stop than others. The weight of an 80,000-pound vehicle, for example, means it can take up to 300 feet or more to stop, even if it's only going 65 miles per hour.

Keeping yourself safe will help prevent some accidents, but truck drivers will be responsible for others. A lack of sleep, breaching trucking regulations and drunk driving are just some of the possible causes of truck accidents. Our website has more on what to do if you've been hit.

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