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Distracted driving and truck accidents

If you want to increase your awareness of road safety, you can begin by understanding some common causes of serious accidents. Concerns about the phenomenon of driver distraction continue to grow as the number of resulting accidents climbs. Knowing the basic types of distraction can help you avoid this behavior yourself and stay away from distracted drivers in other vehicles.

Sharing the road with large trucks

Being on the road with lots of big rigs can be intimidating for drivers of passenger vehicles and motorcycles. After all, getting into a crash with a big truck can increase the resulting damage exponentially. Because semis are so heavy, the force with which they can slam into a car is much greater than that of a sedan. Another reason to be wary is that the loads trucks carry can come loose and add to the damage; some are also flammable.

New laws to address trucker fatigue

Sleep deprivation is a major safety concern within the trucking industry. Driver fatigue seems to be built into the trucking lifestyle and presents a serious hazard on the road. It is among the most frequent causes of trucking accidents. However, efforts to regulate drivers' schedules in order to alleviate this problem have not been entirely successful, due mostly to pressures within the trucking industry.

How fatigue causes truck accidents

Many drivers consider trucks to be among the more serious hazards they can encounter on the highway. This is for good reason: a truck that goes out of control can cause immense damage due to its size, weight and occasionally flammable cargo. Trucks are harder to manage on wet or icy road surfaces, and their large blind spots can cause drivers to overlook cars behind them when turning or changing lanes.

What types of compensation can I get for a truck accident?

Car accidents often have both immediate and far-reaching financial consequences. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration puts property damage, loss of productivity and medical expenses as the top areas of economic loss resulting from crashes. If you are considering seeking compensation for your losses, it is important to be aware of the various types of recovery available.

Who pays when a family gets hurt?

In late September, a Missouri family set out for a long-awaited trip to Disney world. The family of four made it safely to the Magic Kingdom, but on the way home--after making one last stop at the beach--the family's car was side-swiped by another vehicle, sending them careening into a tree. Both parents were killed on impact. The two children remain in critical condition.

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