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Are you familiar with underride and override accidents?

When driving in close proximity to commercial trucks, it's critical to take extra precautions to avoid an accident. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) lists underride and override crashes as the most-deadly accidents involving trucks.

Underride accidents occur when smaller vehicles go partially or completely under the sides or back end of a semitruck, while override accidents involve cars being run over by the front end of a large truck.

What are the most common distractions among truckers?

Truck drivers spend countless hours on the road. While many truckers receive extensive training on everything from safety to defensive driving, it doesn't mean they'll never make mistakes while behind the wheel.

Distracted driving is a major concern in the trucking industry. Here are some of the most common distractions among truckers:

Do you know how to drive safely during summer storms?

With Florida's storm season fast approaching, there may be times when you have no choice but to drive in windy conditions. Do you know how to handle your vehicle when it's really windy and raining like crazy?

Even if you have experience driving in poor conditions, there are driving safety tips you can follow to help avoid getting in an accident. Here's what you can do to stay safe:

Post-accident recovery: The differing levels of spinal injuries

Serious car accidents, perhaps especially ones in which an 18-wheeler is involved, tend to cause more catastrophic injuries. Sadly, there is no way to accurately predict what types of injuries each occupant of the vehicle will suffer. 

Some people will walk away, some will lose their lives, and others will suffer a wide array of injuries. On the more serious end of the spectrum are spinal cord injuries, which can include quadriplegia.

Do these things to drive safely around commercial trucks

You can do your very best to avoid close contact with commercial trucks on the road, but there will be times when you have no choice but to drive in close proximity to these vehicles. There is simply no way around it.

For this reason, it's critical that you understand how to drive safely in these circumstances. Here is what you need to do:

    How to take care of yourself as a caregiver for a loved one

    Nothing can prepare you for the aftermath of an accident that leaves a loved one with a spinal cord injury. Whether the injury left your spouse, parent or child with total or partial paralysis, you may find yourself in the role of a primary caregiver.

    Your commitment to your loved one's well-being is the driving force behind your willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure that he or she has the highest possible quality of life. This will certainly mean making sacrifices, but it does not necessarily mean handling it all on your own.

    Were you injured in an accident with a delivery vehicle?

    More so today than ever before, it feels like you can't go anywhere without spotting a delivery vehicle. Even though the majority of delivery vehicle drivers are serious about safety and preventing accidents, that doesn't mean they can't cause a crash that injures you and others on the road.

    There are many potential causes of delivery vehicle accidents, such as:

    Your seat belt could save your life

    There used to be a time when people were unsure of the benefits of wearing a seat belt. However, in today's world, there is no gray area. It's important to wear your seat belt 100 percent of the time, regardless of where you are traveling or the type of car you are driving.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 37,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2017. Of these people, 47 percent were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Furthermore, it's estimated that seat belts saved nearly 15,000 lives that same year.

    Don’t wait to seek medical treatment after an accident

    In the event of a motor vehicle accident, your immediate attention will turn to your health. If you feel okay in the aftermath, you may assume that you’ve escaped without injury. And while that may end up being the case, it’s critical that you still seek medical attention right away.

    There are two primary reasons to do this:

    Do you know how PIP (Personal Injury Protection) works in Florida?

    If you have ever been in a car accident, you probably know that you cannot always count on the other driver to carry auto insurance, let alone enough to cover all your losses. Medical costs and lost wages can add up quickly, and it is important to get a full financial recovery if you are to move on without financial difficulties.

    PIP (personal injury protection) coverage is required for every driver in Florida. This type of insurance is Florida's version of "no-fault" auto coverage. To understand this coverage and use it to your benefit if needed, you need to know how it works.

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