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Driving securely around 18-wheelers

On the roads of Connecticut, drivers will find themselves on occasion near an 18-wheeler. Cars can be as much of an inconvenience to truckers as the other way around, so drivers should give truckers space when passing, let them turn into their lane without speeding up, and stay away from them when they make their wide turns.

There are a few things to remember about trucks. The first is that they are the largest vehicles on the road; in 68 percent of fatal crashes involving trucks and cars, the ones who die are in the cars. The second is that underride and override are a distinct possibility. Underride occurs when a car collides into a truck's rear and slides under it; in many cases, underride guards do little to mitigate the impact. Override is where a truck runs into a car and rides over it.

Trucks have a longer stopping distance than cars, so motorists who suddenly brake when driving close in front of a truck will likely be involved in an override incident. Also, trucks have lots of blind spots. If the trucker's face cannot be seen in the side view mirror, chances are the trucker cannot see the driver. When the weather is bad, trucks can send mud, rain, and snow flying unexpectedly into car windshields.

There are instances when truck accidents are caused by the trucker's negligence, such as driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, being distracted by a cellphone, or nodding off behind the wheel. In other cases, the trucking company may have failed to properly maintain the vehicle. People who are injured as a result of this type of negligence might want to have a lawyer's help in recovering compensation from the appropriate party.

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