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Avoiding a tractor trailer accident on Florida's roads

Tractor trailers, or semitrucks, are essential to the economy and infrastructure of Florida and the rest of the United States. In a place where supply lines cross from the ocean or the air to the land, trucks - and truck safety - mean enough that extra attention should be paid to their role.

Anyone who has been on a major highway or limited-access road such as an interstate or Florida's Turnpike has seen the raw, kinetic energy of a moving tractor trailer. However, some people may be unaware of the best ways to avoid a collision or other accident with a heavy truck that may cause serious injury, permanent disability or even death.

Truck drivers know to stay as clear from other vehicles as possible, and smart drivers know to avoid the sides of a truck just behind the cab, where rearview mirrors cannot show the area to the driver. The area just in front and behind of the truck should also be avoided.

Stopping distances and maneuvering ability always drops in harsh weather conditions, such as heavy rain or snow, and visibility drops during dawn and dusk hours. Extra distance should be maintained between cars and trucks at these times.

Victims of truck accidents and survivors of those killed in truck accidents have rights to seek financial damages to reimburse medical expenses and compensate them for pain, suffering or emotional distress. An attorney may help people to be made whole through settlement or legal action following a truck accident.

Source: Ready Trucking, "Avoiding Tractor Trailers Accidents and Mishaps," Morgan Husley, accessed Dec. 01, 2017

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