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Do these things to prevent an accident with a truck

If you spend enough time on the roadways of Colorado, you'll find yourself in close proximity to commercial trucks, all of which are bigger than the vehicle you're driving.

It's easy to believe it will never happen to you, but it's possible you could one day be part of an accident with a truck. Since this is so dangerous, you need to do whatever it takes to avoid trouble. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Avoid driving in a trucker's blind spot
  • Don't drive between two large trucks for an extended period of time
  • Never change lanes abruptly in front of a truck
  • Use your turn signal when making a lane change
  • Never attempt to pass a truck in the right lane
  • If passing a truck, leave plenty of space before moving back in front of it
  • Take extra caution when merging onto the highway
  • If you need to pull to the side of the highway, make sure you move as far off the road as possible
  • Move to the left lane if a truck is entering the highway

There is no guaranteed way to prevent an accident with a truck, but there are steps you can follow to improve your safety.

In the event of a truck accident, you're at risk of serious injury. It's important to immediately call 911, as you'll want to be checked for injuries as soon as possible.

Once you receive treatment, you can learn more about the accident. You may come to find that the trucker was at fault, meaning you'll want to learn more about your legal rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents," accessed May 30, 2018

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