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Commercial trucks share the road with all of us, and most of the time these professional drivers take care in driving safely. However, what happens when a truck driver is driving recklessly or dangerously on your street or during your commute? Knowing what to do can help prevent injuries and may be able to help you get to safety.

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Here are a few things you will want to do:

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Truck accidents are caused by many factors, including brake failure, speeding, and other issues. One issue which often gets ignored when talking about truck accidents, however, is health. The health and medical condition of passenger car drivers and truck drivers can have a big impact on the rate of traffic accidents in Homestead and other South Florida communities.

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Several health concerns can affect safe driving on our streets, including:

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Labor Day weekend often means an increase in traffic and truck accidents in Miami, Hollywood, and other cities. More people on the roads and an increase in festivities where alcohol are served can create a deadly combination. While law enforcement officials in Southern Florida will be out to monitor the roadways in an effort to prevent truck and car accidents, it is ultimately everyone’s responsibility to practice road safety.

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Safety starts with you, and even with efforts by law enforcement you will want to take steps to avoid a collision. Here’s how you can stay safer this holiday weekend:

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Many students are moving into dorms at this time of year, or moving into off-campus housing before their first classes start. In many college towns, both moving trucks and parking spots can be at a premium. If you are moving in Miami or any town with a college, there are a few ways to ensure moving day is a little safer:

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1) Try to move on less busy days.

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Chain reaction truck accidents in Miami and other South Florida communities occur when a trucking accident causes multiple other accidents. Because of the size of tractor trailers, tankers, and other commercial vehicles, chain reaction accidents are not uncommon in situations where a commercial vehicle is in a collision.

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Chain reaction accidents are especially deadly because they can involve multiple points of impact. This can mean passengers are impacted or jostled multiple times, increasing the risk of injury and complicating injuries already sustained. The force of the crash can also be greater with a chain reaction accident with multiple points of impact.

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Double trailers, as their name suggests, are two tractor trailers hitched together on the same cab, one after another. These vehicles provoke much debate and controversy, with some claiming they make roads safer and some suggesting double trailer trucks are an added risk on the roads.

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Advocates for double trailers – including those trying to convince Congress to change the rules to get more of these vehicles on the road – say double trailers are a good thing because:

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Over the past few years, there has been much debate about the advantages and dangers of big trucks. Some experts in the trucking industry have sought to increase the maximum size of commercial trucks permitted on the nation’s roads, claiming more trucks is better economically, for the environment, and for safety.

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But can larger trucks really reduce the number of truck accidents in Miami and other cities across the nation? According to The Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT), the answer is “no.” The advocacy group points out there are a number of safety dangers with larger tractor trailers, including:

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Some research suggests sleep problems and fatigue can be at least a partial cause in up to 40% of all commercial truck crashes. Polls of truck drivers in 2006 found 13% reported falling asleep while driving and 65% reported signs of drowsiness.

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Fatigued driving in Homestead, Miami, and other communities is a serious concern because it can lead to pedestrian accidents and traffic collisions. Fatigue behind the wheel can cause many concerning issues, according to safety experts, including:

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Sleep apnea is a serious condition which can affect quality of sleep and can cause severe levels of fatigue during the day. Patients with this condition experience interruptions in their breathing – sometimes many times per hour – or periods of shallow breathing during sleep.

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If breathing is interrupted, the patient may snore or snort awake multiple times during the night, waking up repeatedly. If breathing becomes too shallow, a patient will move from deep, restful sleep to a lighter sleep which is not as refreshing.  In both cases, patients may feel very tired during their day and may even fall asleep during regular activities.

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Large commercial trucks, such as big rigs and tractor trailers, pose a serious danger on the road – especially for smaller road users. If you’re involved in a car accident in Homestead or anywhere in southern Florida involving a large truck, you may suffer severe injuries.

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If you’re a pedestrian, however, your chances of surviving any collision involving a commercial truck are small. With no barriers or systems of protections, pedestrians are very vulnerable and can easily be crushed by an eighteen wheeler or other large truck. There are, fortunately, ways you can prevent pedestrian accidents involving trucks when you’re walking outdoors:

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