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Truck accidents are preventable in most cases

Truck accidents are some of the worst on the roads. In an instant, multiple vehicles may become involved. Then, the weight of the largest vehicles crushes smaller cars, causing massive damage. Truck accidents often result in serious injuries and fatalities due to the weight discrepancies between vehicles.

Sadly, many of the truck accidents that take place could have been avoided just by paying better attention to the road. Drivers who don't pay attention, who are distracted or who get behind the wheel put others at risk when they know better.

What can you do to protect yourself against truck accidents?

Start by staying out of the "no zones," which are areas where the driver will find it harder to see you. These zones are directly beside and behind the truck. A good thing to keep in mind is that if you can't see the driver's mirrors, he or she can't see you.

Another thing to avoid is changing lanes quickly in front of a truck. Truck drivers can't stop their vehicles quickly, which means you could cause an accident by cutting off a driver without enough space.

What should you do if you're hit by a truck driver?

Call for emergency help if you're hit by a truck. When the police and emergency medical technicians arrive, be prepared to go to the hospital for treatment. You can tell the cops what happened, but don't say anything that could imply that the accident was your fault. It's up to the police and insurance agents that get involved in determining who is at fault for the crash.

After a truck crash, you may have many injuries that need to be treated. Make sure you get the care you need. Later, you can file a claim against the driver to recover the money you've spent.

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