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Truck drivers are responsible for massive pieces of heavy equipment as they barrel through Virginia's highways. Truck drivers' failure to follow proper safety precautions can have serious consequences and lead to catastrophic truck accidents. There are many ways that truck drivers can reduce or prevent the risk of 18-wheeler accidents, however.

Truck drivers ought not to tailgate automobiles on the road. Not only will an 80,000 pound truck looming behind a car likely make a driver nervous, but should a car need to make a sudden stop, whether for a traffic light or an obstacle in the road, a truck driver may not have sufficient time to stop if he or she has been tailgating.

An inattentive truck driver who fails to properly signal his or her turns may cause an accident, as well. Without proper signaling, other drivers cannot know how best to maneuver around a large truck. Additionally, a truck driver who does not check his or her mirrors before turning may turn into the path of a vehicle, which can then lead to a major multi-vehicle accident.

If a truck driver needs to pull off the road and does not have the option to use a designated parking area, the driver ought to pull off the road completely and alert other drivers of the presence of the truck through safety triangles or flares.

If you have been injured in a collision with a truck due to a truck driver's negligence and failure to follow proper safety precautions, you may have a cause of action. An attorney may be able to provide guidance regarding your options.

Source: AAA, "Safety Tips," accessed March 11, 2016

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