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Do you know how to share the road with big trucks?

As one of our Tennessee readers, you are well aware that sharing the road with large trucks is something you must do on a regular basis. This holds true primarily on the highway, but you may find yourself in this position on city roads as well.

Since these vehicles are so big, it can be a challenge to share the road without being involved in an accident. If this has you concerned, here are some basic tips you can follow:

-- Don't take chances. Even if it's more convenient, don't make a decision that will increase the risk of an accident.

-- Pass with care. Due to the size of a big rig, passing the vehicle is not always easy. Before you do this, make sure you're able to move past the truck in a safe manner.

-- Stay out of the truck's blind spot. Remember this: just because you can see the truck doesn't mean its driver can see you. If you drive in a truck's blind spot, you greatly increase the chance of an accident.

When a truck and car are involved in an accident, it's the people in the smaller vehicle who often suffer the most serious injuries. This is due in large part to the size difference between the two vehicles.

If you find yourself in this position, call for medical help and remain on the scene until assistance arrives. Once you receive treatment, you can then learn more about the accident with a focus on the cause and who is responsible for putting you in this position.

Source: Esurance, "Sharing the road with large trucks," accessed Jan. 12, 2017

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