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How to best avoid truck accidents, and what to do as a victim

The road can be a treacherous place. Even when you are doing your best to be safe, there are often many hazardous variables. Road conditions, weather, traffic, and other drivers can affect whether you will get to your destination safely.

If you are a driver, chances are you will be on the road with commercial trucks at some point. Therefore, you may have some questions about safety on the road with commercial trucks, why they may be more dangerous in an accident than a typical vehicle, or what you can do if you were a victim in an accident with a truck.

What is a commercial truck and why is it more dangerous?

A commercial truck is a large vehicle designed for hauling instead of individual transportation. Sometimes known as a big rig, these trucks are designed for business uses. Examples of this category are tractor trailers, dump trucks, cement trucks, large freight trucks or similar vehicles.

These trucks can be more dangerous in an accident simply because of their larger size. When the laws of physics are at play, a collision with one of these vehicles can put you in more danger than a smaller, lighter vehicle without a heavy load. In fact, a fully loaded truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. That’s a lot of metal.

I was injured in a truck accident. Who is responsible?

The answer to this question is, it depends. Of course, there are situations in which you might be at fault, either fully or partially. If you are partially at fault in an accident, it is still possible that you could receive awards for damages, as long as the other driver bears some responsibility.

The trucker could be held responsible if he or she was at fault, and the company that owns the truck may be responsible as well. In the event of a chemical spill, the shipper of the hazardous material could be at fault, especially if they neglected to inform the trucking company of the dangers.

Staying safe while sharing the road

You can certainly do your part to stay safe on the road here in Florida. Experts recommend staying out of the “No Zone”, the area of blind spots for the trucker that include the right and left back quarter and the area a few feet immediately behind a truck.

Drive defensively, and know that there are resources available to you should you ever suffer injuries due to the negligence or recklessness of a truck driver. A successfully litigated personal injury claim could provide you with much-needed compensation for your medical bills and any rehabilitation costs in the aftermath of the unfortunate incident.