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Semi Truck Collisions: Know Your Rights

Driving is a huge responsibility. Although we lecture our teenagers about the responsibilities and safety hazards that come with driving, the issues only grow as we get older. Throughout the years, you will notice more people on the roads, including semi-truck drivers. While you should do everything you can to avoid a collision, accidents still happen. Know what to do before and after an accident, and take legal action when necessary.

Watch for Blind Spots

Semi-truck drivers have a lot to contend with, and many of them are hauling along large loads. When they encounter other drivers on the road who don't have patience, this can be problematic. Semi-truck drivers may not see vehicles in their blind spots. This includes the immediate back of the truck and the sides, as well as the area right outside of the driver's side door.

In many cases, it is permissible to pass semi-trucks so you can navigate at a higher speed. The trouble lies in careless driving. Impatience can lead to reckless driving, which can place both you and the semi-truck in a collision.

Semi-Truck Negligence

While it is your responsibility to drive carefully around semi-trucks, the drivers of the trucks must also exercise extreme caution while on the road. Unfortunately, many semi-truck collisions are directly related to truck driver negligence, including:

  • Cell phone use while driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Traffic violations
  • Speeding

If you suspect a collision with a semi-truck is due to the negligence of the other driver, then it is important to protect your rights and pursue legal action immediately. Contact our experienced White Plains truck accident attorneys.

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