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Trucking accidents are preventable; here's 2 tips to help

Large trucks were involved in approximately 338,000 crashes in 2013. The majority of those crashes resulted in property damage. Another 73,000 caused injuries. In total, 3,906 were fatal. Avoiding these crashes is key to protecting yourself, your family and your future.

There are a number of ways for you to prevent a truck accident. Being aware of the vehicles is just one way. Knowing the traffic laws is another. Here are a couple things you can do to recognize a potential threat and avoid it.

  • Be cautious on rural roads

What do you do after you're in a car crash?

After you're in a motor vehicle accident, there are numerous steps you need to take to guarantee that you'll get the most out of your claim. While car accidents are stressful situations that first require you to manage your health, it's important to take these steps as soon as possible.

First, always check on your passengers and the other people involved in the collision. Call 911 so that local emergency services know to come to the scene. If anyone at the scene is in danger because of your location, it's appropriate to move to a safe, nearby location while you wait for help to arrive.

Motorcyclist killed in tragic accident in Colorado

It is a tragedy whenever an accident occurs. It's often even more devastating when the crash could have been prevented, like this one. In this case, a common cause of motorcycle crashes took the life of a man in Colorado.

The former resident of Indiana was killed in a motorcycle crash in Colorado on Sept. 2, according to the news. The 36-year-old man had been traveling in the area of Loveland, Colorado, when a driver pulled out in front of him.

Passengers can seek compensation after a traffic accident

It took only a few minutes, but it felt like time was moving slowly. You watched a semi-truck approach your vehicle quickly, and moments later, you were struggling to find a way out of your vehicle.

As someone who was a passenger when a semi-truck collided with your friend's vehicle, you may not be sure where you stand when it comes to making a claim for compensation. Are you able to recover money, or is it only your friend who has the right to do so?

Motorcyclists face numerous dangers on the roads

When you're a motorcyclist, one of the dangers on the roads is colliding with another driver. Drivers may not always see motorcyclists or may misjudge how close or far away they are. Since drivers are more likely to pull out in front of motorcyclists, it's a good idea to make yourself as visible as possible. This is why some people make their motorcycles louder or wear bright colors.

One of the most common reasons for a collision is having a car turn left in front of a motorcyclist. Drivers who don't see the motorcyclist or misjudge how fast he or she is traveling may pull out and try to make a left turn. Unfortunately, when he or she makes the turn, that cuts off the path the motorcyclist was traveling on. That results in the motorcyclist hitting the side of the vehicle in a head-on collision.

Driving drunk is a choice that puts you and others at risk

Before someone gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, he or she should be certain that he or she is capable of driving safely. Whether it's due to illness or drinking alcohol, driving safe means knowing when you can't be the one behind the wheel.

Just how much does it take for a person to get drunk and raise the risk to others on the roads, though? Is it something that you should be watching out for when you're driving at night? The easy answer to your questions is that you should always be aware of how others are driving and that it may not actually take much alcohol at all to reach the legal limit.

How can you stay safe on a motorcycle in the summer?

When you're riding in the sun for long periods of time, there's nothing worse than feeling unwell. That's why it's important to make sure you have the right gear for the conditions.

Touring in hot places like Colorado, Louisiana, Texas and other southern states poses a problem for motorcyclists. Many feel overdressed in protective clothing, but without it, they would be at a higher risk of injuries if they crash.

Rear-end collision results in serious injuries, death

When traffic slows down, it's important for drivers behind those stopping to pay attention. If you don't notice the traffic ahead slowing, you could easily become involved in an accident. If you are, it should always be the responsibility of the at-fault party to cover your financial needs for medical costs and other losses.

Two people were injured and one man was killed in a three-car crash that took place in Colorado in just this scenario. The crash happened while traffic was backed up on I-76. According to the story, one 56-year-old man was killed in the accident. The driver of his vehicle had stopped for slowing traffic. A vehicle coming from behind failed to yield, resulting in a rear-end collision.

3 injured in crash after driver fails to stop

Particularly in the summer, it's important to watch the roads and to look out for construction teams, slowed traffic, red lights and other indications that you need to slow down or stop. When you don't slow or stop when you are meant to, there's a possibility that you could cause a serious collision.

That's what happened in this case. Fortunately, no one was killed, but three people were injured. The accident happened when a driver allegedly passed through a red light.

What should you do if you plan to ride a motorcycle this summer?

If you love riding a motorcycle, you likely already know that there is a risk of getting into a crash. No matter how safely you ride, other drivers can be unpredictable. Fortunately, you can prepare for a bad accident before it ever happens.

How could you possibly prepare for the unknown? Here are a few tips for protecting yourself if you get into a serious crash.

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