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Oklahoma tractor-trailers need courtesy and room to maneuver in

In 2012, over 5,100 truck drivers were involved in accidents within the state according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
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    January 04, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- With the holiday season in full swing, drivers in Tulsa may find themselves dealing with gridlocks and encountering more tractor-trailers. These heavy trucks transport merchandise and food to stores to fulfill the demands of shoppers and with the increase of semis on the road the chances for a truck accident are much higher.

Truck accident statistics

In 2012, over 5,100 truck drivers were involved in accidents within the state according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. The detailed report shows that there were several contributing factors caused by the truck drivers, themselves, and the leading factors were improper acts, inattention, unsafe lane changes, unsafe speed and improper turns.

Truck companies can also be at fault

Truckers and trucking companies are often found at fault for accidents involving other vehicles. For truckers, their behaviors can put the lives of others in great harm. Some of these behaviors involve how they drive when they should stop and rest, maneuver their semis without thinking of other drivers and treating their cab as an extension of their home or as an office while driving. Trucking companies have their share of responsibility as well by failing to enforce safe policies and failing to keep their fleet well-maintained.

However, drivers can also do things that put them at risk of a car accident with a heavy truck. Therefore it is important for them to increase their awareness of these commercial vehicles.

Tips on driving near semis

When driving around semis, drivers can follow the following tips to avoid a tragic collision:
- Don't squeeze a semi - semis make wide turns and sometimes drivers try to cut through the space but can get trapped.
- Don't follow a truck too closely - especially uphill - as a truck can decrease in speed and even drift backwards.
- Avoid staying in the no-zones - the no-zones are the truck's blind spots and these are quite a bit larger than a passenger vehicle's.
- Alert the driver of the semi if you intend to change lanes - drivers who weave in and out of traffic can inadvertently confuse a trucker who may enter their lane.
- Make sure a broken down vehicle is pulled over as far as possible to avoid collision with a semi.
- Don't cut off a semi - when drivers cut in front of a semi and then have to hit their brakes, they will find themselves in the truck's stopping distance.

It is important to remember that trucks weigh about 80,000 pounds when fully loaded and if they are pulling more than one trailer, that weight goes up exponentially. A passenger vehicle can weigh between three and five thousand pounds and any conflict between a truck and a passenger vehicle is going to leave the vehicle on the losing end.

When people have been injured through the actions of a negligent trucking company or trucker they should meet with an experienced attorney to discuss seeking appropriate compensation.

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