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What can West Virginians do to avoid truck accidents?

Last week, we discussed semi-trucks' stopping distance and how it can pose a significant danger to other West Virginian motorists on the road. This, by no means, is the only threat that big rigs pose. Fatigued and intoxicated drivers, improperly maintained trucks and distracted driving can result in a serious accident. So, you might be wondering, what can you do to help keep yourself safe from these oftentimes tragic wrecks? We hope this post will provide you with some helpful tips.

There are many things you can do to help keep yourself safe around semi-trucks. First, you should try to avoid driving in what are known as "no-zones." These areas are essentially blind spots beside and behind a truck where a trucker is likely unable to see you. Therefore, if the trucker hits his or her brakes or suddenly changes lanes, you might be struck. Also, be sure to avoid quickly changing lanes in front of a truck, as this may force the trucker to swerve to miss you.

It is also imperative that you properly merge into traffic, accurately assess a truck's oncoming speed and avoid moving to the right of a big rig as it is trying to make a right turn. Following these safety tips may prevent a truck accident that would otherwise be devastating, perhaps leaving you with serious injuries that could be debilitating.

No matter how safe you are, though, you cannot fully predict the behavior of a drunk, fatigued, or inattentive truck driver. In other words, West Virginia motorists will not always be able to avoid tractor trailer wrecks. Therefore, those who find themselves suffering from truck accident-related injuries, whether economic or noneconomic, should be sure to full consider the legal avenues available to them, as going down one of those paths fully prepared may lead to the recovery of much needed compensation.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed on Sept. 19, 2015

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