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Semi-Truck Safety – Avoiding a Huge Accident

When you’re on the road driving, safety should be your #1 concern. However, when you’re in a hurry and you get stuck behind a semi-truck, it can sometimes be inconvenient. Despite this inconvenience, it is important to follow semi-truck safety when behind the wheel. You might think that safety with semi-trucks is solely the responsibility of the truck driver. However, that is inaccurate. As a driver, it is your duty to practice safe driving when operating a vehicle. This includes being in control of possible road rage when near a semi on the road. In 2018, 67% of those who died in an accident involving a semi-truck were passengers of another vehicle. This is mostly because an 18-wheeler is obviously a lot larger than the average family vehicle. How can you practice semi-truck safety? There are many things you can do on the road to protect you and your loved ones. When it comes to pulling around semi-trucks, make sure you have plenty of space behind you before merging in front of a semi-truck. On average, it will take a semi-truck 40% longer to stop than it would a car. If weather conditions are bad, it can be up to a quarter mile. Also ensure you are putting plenty of distance in between you and the back of a semi. If the truck suddenly stops, you may not be prepared and could rear end it. Or, the person behind you could push you into the truck. The more space between you and the semi, the better. Following these tips can help protect you and the truck drivers as well. You can better your chances of avoiding a bad accident with a semi by simply being more aware of the distance and space between you and a semi-truck. Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and social security disability. Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients. If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464) or through our website at www.gerlinglaw.com.

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Taking proper steps after a car crash

In the moments that follow a car accident, and you have a few choices. You can flee the scene of an accident, which is the worst possible decision you could make. Fleeing the scene turns your accident into a criminal act. You could get angry and upset with the other people involved in the accident, which then turns an already tense and upsetting moment into an angry, emotional roller coaster. Or you could remain calm and approach the post-accident process in a proper manner, giving you the best chance to put this whole incident behind you while also increasing your chances of success in the aftermath of the crash. There’s obviously a “best” option here, and it’s the last one: being calm and taking simple, necessary steps in the wake of an accident. After a crash, you should take a deep breath and prepare yourself to deal with the other people in the wreck. Check on them to make sure they are okay, and if they are, then you should talk with them and exchange information, If they aren’t okay, then call 911 and do whatever you can to help. Once this is completed and if you are feeling well enough yourself, you should get your cellphone and take pictures of the accident scene. Your pictures could help the police complete their investigation into the crash, and they can be used to support any claims you make to your insurance company. You should also talk to any witnesses to the crime, for their testimony could help you for the same reason as the pictures.

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