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Sharing the road with truckers requires patience

Missouri passenger car drivers need to realize they don't own the road and that they must share it with other vehicles, including big rigs. Traveling alongside an 18-wheeler may seem daunting, but drivers can take steps to make the experience less frightening.

Patience, even at the cost of convenience, plays a big part in this. If drivers see a truck in front about to move into their lane, rather than speed up in hopes of getting by the truck first, they should slow down and let the truck move over. Motorists who want to pass a truck should allow plenty of room to do so. They should not pull back into the original lane until they can see the truck in the rear-view mirror. Patience and space can prevent a truck accident as trucks cannot stop as quickly as automobiles.

Savvy motorists keep their distance from trucks, something that can be difficult to do on a crowded freeway. Drivers that accidentally rear-end a truck could find their vehicle siding under the truck on impact. Trucks are supposed to have guards that prevent a car from sliding under it, but these aren't always reliable. Conversely, if a truck rear-ends a car, it could end up crushing it.

Motorists should drive defensively when it comes to sharing the road with big rigs. When a 40-ton truck collides with a smaller car, only the truck may come through the accident unscathed. People who have been injured in a big rig accident caused by a truck driver who was speeding, distracted, impaired by alcohol or negligent in some other fashion might want to have legal assistance when seeking compensation for the losses they have incurred.

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