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How can you avoid a big rig accident?

As a motorist in Hartford, you may be used to driving alongside tractor trailers. You may not give much thought to sharing the road with these massive vehicles. Big rigs, however, can be extremely dangerous, especially when they are operated by negligent drivers or have not been inspected properly for equipment malfunctions. In fact, there are a number of issues surrounding tractor trailers that have led to a significant increase in large truck accident fatalities across the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people killed in large truck accidents has risen substantially, from 3,211 deaths in 2009 to 3,906 deaths in 2013. The large truck death rate in Connecticut has also increased since 2011.

While you may not be able to control the actions of a truck driver, there are some things you can do to help prevent an accident from occurring. According to State Farm, motorists should stay out of tractor trailers’ blind spots whenever possible. These spots are especially large on the right-hand side and in back of the truck. Always speed up to pass a truck on the left-hand side. Also, you should never pull out directly in front of a big rig and then apply your brakes. Trucks are not able to stop as quickly as cars, and a trucker may not have enough space to brake before rear-ending your vehicle.

You should give trucks plenty of room to make wide turns and always indicate lane changes. Keep in mind that large trucks have special operating requirements and drive cautiously around them. Doing so may help to save your life or the life of someone else.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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