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Help prevent truck crashes with these tips

Big rigs can be a hazard to drivers, but it's often those driving smaller vehicles who cause problems for larger trucks. Smaller vehicles may zip in and out of traffic, but that speedy behavior can lead to collisions.

Large vehicles need special considerations on the roadways. For example, they need to make sure that they have enough time to stop, so drivers often leave space between themselves and the vehicles in front of them. If a smaller car moves into the lane, then the driver of the truck has to slow down, back away and put space back between themselves and the next vehicle.

What should drivers remember about being with larger trucks on the highway?

The main thing to remember is that you can take steps to prevent accidents. Some of the main things you can do include:

  • Slowing down
  • Giving truck drivers more space
  • Using turn signals
  • Slowing down over time instead of slamming on breaks
  • Avoiding driving in areas where the driver may have trouble seeing you

Drivers who show respect to commercial trucks are more likely to avoid collisions. Make sure you're monitoring your surroundings for hazards and give the trucks around you space to do the same.

Many people dislike riding alongside these large vehicles, and it's true that the drivers could be unsafe. However, it's often the people driving smaller vehicles who cause accidents, since they don't give the truck driver the room or notice they need to slow down.

What should you do if you're involved in a collision?

If you are involved in a crash in Houston and are injured, the first step is to call 911 and have emergency medical services come to the scene. The police will determine who is at fault for the collision, but they will talk to you about it.

If you believe that the truck driver made errors that led to the crash, you should tell them why you think so. You may speak to the police at the scene or at the hospital. Whatever you do, don't suggest that you're sorry for the crash or that you believe you may be at fault, since that could result in your being placed at fault even if you weren't.

Your attorney will talk with you soon after the crash to help you start your claim against the at-fault driver, so you can have your medical care paid for by those responsible.

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