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Steps drivers can take to prevent an accident

From 2015 to 2017, the number of large truck occupant fatalities increased each year, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Furthermore, the number of fatalities and fatal accidents increased during this time period. However, the FMCSA acknowledged that crashes in Arizona and elsewhere generally have many factors. Therefore, the truckers were not singled out as the sole reason why this increase has taken place. This doesn't mean that there aren't steps that truckers can take to keep themselves safe.

Drivers are encouraged to put their phones or tablets in places where they won't fall or otherwise distract them. Mirrors, the radio and other tools should be adjusted before starting a trip to further prevent driver distraction. Generally speaking, it is against the law to hold a cellphone or other device while driving, so putting it in a holder may prevent a driver from incurring a citation as well as keeping safe.

Truckers should also make sure to use their signal whenever they are about to change lanes or merge into traffic. If traffic is slow for any reason, flashers can help alert other motorists to this fact. Using a signal at the proper time makes it possible for others to anticipate a trucker's actions or take precautions themselves to avoid an accident.

If a truck driver is negligent and causes an accident to occur, he or she may be responsible for any damages that result. Negligence may include impaired driving, driving while tired or driving too fast for road conditions. Injured victims may be able to receive compensation for medical bills or lost wages. An attorney may represent an individual in court or during informal settlement talks.

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