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Reducing the likelihood of a truck accident

Drivers in Pennsylvania should consider the following safety tips so that they can reduce their chances of crashing into a large truck. According to the U.S. DOT, large truck crashes led to 3,986 fatalities in 2016. More than 65 percent of those victims were the occupants of lighter vehicles. Only 17 percent were truckers.

The first tip is to never tailgate. Instead, drivers should maintain a distance of at least 500 feet from a truck. This distance will vary, though, with speed. Drivers should also keep distractions to a minimum and avoid using a smartphone or other electrical devices. They must keep an eye on the trucker's movements. The trucker may drift in and out of the lane, which could mean distracted or drowsy driving.

Looking ahead of the truck in front is also advisable. Ideally, one should see between one-fourth and one-half of a mile. If they see brake lights or emergency flashers, drivers should take preemptive action. Another thing is to be aware of road conditions. Drivers may encounter rough stretches, oil spills and debris. They should take their cue from the trucker in front, who may change lanes to avoid any obstructions.

Lastly, drivers should slow down and increase their distance from other vehicles in wet, snowy or foggy weather. If the rain or snow becomes too heavy for safe driving, pull over.

When trucker negligence is to blame for an accident, legal action could be warranted. In this state, accident victims can be eligible for financial recovery if they are less than 51 percent at fault. Even if they are eligible, they could face the aggressive tactics and low settlement offers from the trucking company's legal team. This is why a crash victim may want a lawyer who can negotiate and, if necessary, litigate.

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