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Avoiding Semi Truck Accidents

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When you are out on the road this summer, you are maneuvering in a limited space for a safe position between the lines. This process is complicated by the number of big trucks you will meet out on the highways. A collision with a semi is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to you when you are traveling. You can take some simple steps to avoid these accidents and to protect yourself if you are involved in a collision. 

Driving Practices

One rule is simple and yet true: Keep your distance. Big trucks can travel as far as a football field after their drivers hit the brakes, so if you cut in front of one, you may end up having your vehicle crushed from behind. If you are following a semi, you may want to get too close in order to get around it quickly. If you do, you are risking your life. Drivers often have to make wide turns. Also, if you follow them too closely, they cannot see you in their rearview mirrors. Semis are often involved in accidents not caused by other vehicles. They can sway from side to side or even jack knife on occasion. You have to give them more room than you would another car. 

After an Accident

If you are involved in a truck collision, you can take several steps to protect yourself for the aftermath. If you are not seriously hurt, you need to gather as much information as possible. Use your cell phone to take pictures and record the names and phone numbers of any witness. Contact the authorities as soon as possible and have yourself checked out by a medical professional. Also, notify your insurance company promptly, otherwise, your claim might be in danger later. 

You may feel that contacting a truck accident attorney is unnecessary, especially right after the accident, but the sooner you are properly represented the better. A lawyer can coordinate all aspects of your case, ensuring that you get the kind of financial assistance you need for medical bills and wage reimbursement. 

Colliding with a semi or other large truck can cause you and your family serious injury. Although you may be in a hurry when you are traveling this summer, being impatient around a truck can be a deadly decision. Keep your distance and, if the worse happens, reach out for the help you need.