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Staying safe around buses and big trucks: 3 things to know

If you are uncomfortable on the road when big trucks or buses are in proximity, you are not alone. The sheer size of these vehicles, and the severity of the crashes they can cause, are naturally a matter of concern.

Here are three things to be aware of as you try to stay safe.

3 questions about trucking accidents

Trucking accidents often result in injuries and death. They can hurt truck drivers as well as the drivers and passengers of normal vehicles. In fact, the drivers and passengers inside normal vehicle will be severely disadvantaged in any kind of a collision with a big rig due to the size and weight of the semitruck.

Semitruck accidents involve special considerations when compared to normal vehicle accidents. To investigate this topic further, let's look at three common questions related to semitruck crashes.

Self-driving commercial trucks could become the norm

If you think sleepy and distracted truck drivers are a problem, some computer engineers and automobile designers think they may have the solution: automated trucks that drive themselves. In fact, since last October, autonomously driven trucks have been delivering Frigidaire refrigerators along the I-10 freeway from Texas to California.

This issue certainly begs the question of whether such a large vehicle is safe when a computer is behind the wheel. Some experts believe that the vehicles are safer than human-driven trucks, but others disagree.

Commercial drivers can't legally use a cellphone while driving

People today use their phones for almost everything. There are very few places where you won't find someone on a cellphone. Despite this fact, there is one person who shouldn't ever use a cellphone -- a driver.

Drivers who are distracted by a phone are putting themselves and others in danger. When it comes to commercial vehicle drivers, including truckers, there are specific laws that forbid them from using a phone while they drive.

Avoiding drowsy driving: 3 things to know to help stay safe

We live in a sleep-deprived society in which countless numbers of products are delivered by truck. It's a dangerous recipe that results in far too many car and truck accidents caused by drowsy driving.

Here are some tips to stay safe and avoid trouble on the road.

Safety recommendations for semitruck drivers

Most truck drivers have seen motor vehicle operators doing some very risky and idiotic things on the road. In some cases, this unwise maneuvers result in car versus semitruck collisions that cause catastrophic injuries -- or worse -- death.

However, semitruck drivers also should take a cold, hard, critical look at their own driving behavior. They should also educate themselves on safety practices that could help them avoid a serious collision.

Abdominal pain after a car accident is an emergency

Car accidents, even those that seem relatively minor, are a violent experience for the human body. While humans are among the most resilient creatures throughout all of nature, we are also easily injured.

In some cases, injuries that you suffer in a car accident are not obvious at the scene of the collision. Many people who don't think they suffered an injury in an accident chalk it up as a qualified win and skip going to see a doctor. Unfortunately, the longer that a person waits to obtain proper medical care after an accident, the more time an injury has to worsen.

Truck drivers with sleep apnea must get treatment

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your airways when you sleep. People who suffer from sleep apnea don't get the same quality of sleep as those who are free of the condition. That's because, throughout the night, the airways of sleep apnea patients close causing them to wake up because they're unable to breathe.

Over time, sleep apnea sufferers experience sleep deprivation and associated fatigue. As you can imagine, when you're behind the wheel of a giant 18-wheeler, driver fatigue and sleepiness is extremely dangerous.

Your first steps after suffering injury in a truck accident

Large trucks absolutely destroy other vehicles in a collision, leaving drivers and passengers dead or seriously injured. Any time that a person survives a collision with a large truck, they are very fortunate that the experience did not take their life.

Of course, if you recently survived a truck accident, you probably have some serious injuries that require ongoing attention. But, once you stabilize and are on the path to healing, there are many things to consider about how you should pursue compensation for your injuries and other losses you suffer as a result of the accident.

Training standards for new truck drivers: Are they tough enough?

Large trucks weigh 20 or 30 times as much as passenger cars and that weight differential can be devastating in a crash. Large trucks are also much taller than smaller vehicles, posing the risk of underride accidents.

How much and what type of training should drivers of these huge trucks be required to get?

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