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18-wheeler accidents can be catastrophic

There is no doubt that automobile vs. big rig crashes typically leave motorists with catastrophic injuries -- or worse. This results from the fact that 18-wheeler accidents put vehicles weighing over 80,000 pounds against cars with average weights of around 4,000 pounds. While many such accidents involve negligent truckers, motorists driving passenger cars can take precautions when they share the Texas roadways with commercial vehicles.

The wind gusts caused when passing a semi, or when a large truck passes a car, can cause the loss of control if the motorist does not have a firm grip on the steering wheel. It is also smart to leave additional space when stopping behind a big rig because they are known to roll back as the driver prepares to drive on. Also, stay out of the truck driver's blind spots. Motorists can also avoid risks by allowing passing trucks and those changing lanes enough space to complete their maneuvers, and never to cut into the lane directly in front of an 18-wheeler.

Truckers can also take additional care by double-checking their mirrors before they turn right to make sure motorists have left them enough space to swing wide to complete the turn. Indicating intended turns or lane changes well in advance can ensure drivers of smaller vehicles to know not to pull in alongside the truck, and responsible truckers do not tailgate. Truckers must keep in mind that they need space to slow down before coming to a halt, and failure to allow enough space often leads to devastating chain accidents when highway traffic is slow or stopped.

Victims of 18-wheeler accidents in Texas who survive might be left with life-changing injuries that bring about mountains of medical bills, lost income and more. The families of those who lose their lives in such accidents must cope with unanticipated costs of end-of-life arrangements, none of which typically forms part of anyone's budget. However, financial relief could be pursued if the crash resulted from the negligence of another party. An experienced motor vehicle accident attorney in Dallas can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the navigation of civil lawsuits to recover financial and emotional damages.

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