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Safety tips to prevent trucking accidents

These days, interstates and highways across the state of New Jersey are seeing higher volumes of commercial traffic. For those in passenger vehicles, traveling at high speeds near big rigs like tractor-trailers can definitely be intimidating. Since these trucks are so massive, trucking accidents involving passenger vehicles have a higher probability to be serious or fatal. These safety tips could be helpful for drivers who share roadways with tractor-trailers.

Drivers should always keep in mind that tractor-trailers have large blind spots on all sides. Always avoid these blind spots. Drivers should assume that if they can't see the truck driver in the truck's side-view mirror, the truck driver can't see them.

Drivers should never attempt to cut off a tractor-trailer. This can be especially dangerous because, due to their massive size, tractor-trailers require more time to stop. Drivers who cut in of these large trucks can cause an accident because the truck won't have enough room to stop or maneuver.

Since tractor-trailers are very long, they require extra room to make a turn. Truck drivers may swing wide or start a turn from the middle lane. Never attempt to squeeze by or pass a tractor-trailer that is attempting to turn. Give them plenty of space.

It goes without saying that drivers of smaller passenger vehicles should always remain focused and use caution when traveling alongside tractor-trailers. Although truck drivers are required to undergo special training, they can still make mistakes. Those in New Jersey who have experienced injury or loss due to negligence in trucking accidents can take action by consulting an experienced attorney and filing a claim.

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