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Could you be involved in a California truck accident?

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If you live in California and spend any amount of time behind the wheel, you know that you have to share the road with large commercial trucks. Many drivers are intimidated by their hulking size and additional risks the trucks add to driving.  Even if you try to avoid traveling near them, there's no way of doing so for long.

In Los Angeles, for example, the roadways are well known for being extremely crowded. This increases the likelihood of driving in close proximity to a commercial truck. Unfortunately, it also increases the likelihood of being involved in an accident with one.

Causes of truck accidents

There are many common causes of truck accidents, including but not limited to the following:

  • Drowsy driving, often because a trucker doesn't want to pull over and rest
  • Driving under the influence or drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving, with texting and talking on a cellphone among the most common forms
  • Reckless driving, ranging from changing lanes without signaling to speeding
  • A compensation system that encourages truckers to break the law
  • A lack of training, which often falls squarely on the shoulders of the trucking company

All these potential causes of truck accidents have one thing in common: They are mistakes made by truckers, meaning you don't have any control.

Speaking of control, here are a few things you can do to avoid trouble:

  • Never drive in a trucker's blind spot.
  • Don't abruptly change lanes, such as cutting a truck off.
  • Never drive between two large commercial trucks.
  • Take extra caution when merging onto the highway.
  • Never pass a truck on the right side.
  • If you must move your vehicle to the shoulder of the road, get as far away from traffic as possible.

Once you get into the habit of doing these things, you'll find it much easier to feel confident in your ability to prevent an accident.

In the event of an incident with a truck, such as one in which your vehicle is sideswiped, move to safety, call 911 and check yourself for injuries.

After you begin the recovery process, you can work closely with your medical team to ensure that you receive the right treatment moving forward. You can also learn more about the accident, with an eye toward protecting your legal rights as a driver.

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