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Why trucks are especially dangerous on the roads

It is not uncommon for Americans throughout the country, including those in and near the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area, to take potential hazards on the roads for granted when they hop in a car. While an experienced driver of a car generally knows what to look out for, such as potholes, distracted drivers or animals, one thing that is often overlooked is the potential dangers associated with trucks on the roads.

Trucks pose serious risks for those sharing the roads for many reasons. While there are laws in place to provide protection for drivers, these laws are not always followed. Trucking companies have strict rules and regulations in place to make certain that a truck driver does not become drowsy or fall asleep behind the wheel. But, truck drivers have their own deadlines to meet and don't always follow the letter of the law.

In addition, truck drivers have their own set of hazards and limitations they need to worry about. Trucks are significantly larger and heavier than cars, especially while carrying cargo. This means they do not have the ability to stop nearly as fast as a car, and are far less agile than a car, often unable to swerve to avoid a collision. In addition, trucks have to contend with the chance of jackknifing or being pushed off the road due to crosswinds.

When a truck accident does occur, the aftermath is often catastrophic or even deadly. If you or someone you know has been involved in a serious truck accident, you may want to get more information about personal injury law to see if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Source: findlaw.com, "Truck Accident: Overview," Accessed, May 9, 2017

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