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These defensive driving tips may help reduce truck accidents

Tractor-trailers are considered the backbone of the United States economy. These large trucks are the most cost-effective and efficient way to ship goods across the country. The interstate highways that crisscross the state of Nevada are heavily utilized by tractor-trailers. These helpful tips could help Nevada drivers prevent deadly truck accidents 

Stay alert and give them space 

When sharing the road with tractor-trailers, try to minimize the time spent traveling alongside them. Many unpredictable things can happen such as a tire blowout or cargo getting jarred loose. Give them plenty of space and stay focused when driving near these big rigs. 

Passing and stopping 

When passing a large truck, do so quickly yet cautiously and always pass on the left side. Truck drivers have blind spots on both sides, as well as the front and back of the truck. Minimize the time spent in these blind spots. Since tractor-trailers are massive vehicles, they require more time to stop. When traveling in front of a tractor-trailer, be sure to begin breaking ahead of time and always use signals. 

Avoid distracted driving 

Deadly truck accidents can happen when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road for just a split second. Never text and drive or use a cellphone behind the wheel. Also, avoid playing with the radio. If an object falls on the floor while driving, wait until the vehicle is stopped before picking it up. 

It can be intimidating to travel near tractor-trailers. Remember to respect them and give them space. Always keep in mind that truck drivers are human and will make mistakes. Those in Nevada who have suffered injuries or the loss of loved ones due to negligence in truck accidents have the right to take legal action. Damages from a successfully litigated lawsuit could help victims and families recoup significant financial losses. 

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