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For teens, driving is a route to freedom and many young teens eagerly look forward to the day they can start the process of learning to drive. While many teens want to drive safely and carefully, however, there is sometimes pressure on young drivers to take risks. Pressure from friends and the attraction of trying to test the boundaries of freedom can unfortunately mean teen drivers can take risks which can lead them to car collisions in Hollywood or their community.

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Fortunately, parents have a great deal of power when it comes to helping their young drivers stay safe on the roads. There are several ways you can drive home the message about safe driving:

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In many vehicle accidents, only two vehicles are involved – the at-fault driver and to the other driver. In many truck accidents in Hollywood and across South Florida, however, the size of a tanker, 18-wheeler, big rig, or other commercial truck can cause a multiple vehicle or chain reaction accident.

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Multiple vehicle accidents involving trucks occur for a number of reasons:

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Being in a truck accident in Hollywood or anywhere South Florida can be devastating. The injuries resulting from this type of crash are often considerable and maybe life-changing. The financial impact due to your injuries and your inability to return to work immediately can last for years. In these situations, hiring the right truck accident attorney is one of the most important decisions you may make.

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You can easily find truck accident attorneys in Hollywood by searching online or by checking directories. However, how can you compare different attorneys to find the right one for you? There are a few things you should look for:

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Truck accidents in Hollywood and South Florida do serious injury and harm. These truck accidents can cause serious injuries and fatalities to passengers of smaller vehicles. Truck accidents involving tankers, big rigs and other commercial trucks can also cause significant property and environmental damage if the truck is carrying a dangerous substance. Spills of flammable materials, explosions, fires and other consequences of big trucking accidents can impact an area for months or years.

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There are several ways to prevent trucking accidents in your community:

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In traffic and truck accidents in Hollywood and across South Florida, fractures are a common injury. Fractures can occur if a passenger hits against a solid surface, such as a side door. They can also happen if an occupant is thrown from the vehicle or shaken vigorously enough to result in a broken arm.

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In truck accidents, broken arms are a common injury in situations where a passenger throws their hands in front of their face in a protective gesture, meaning the arm takes the brunt of impact. Broken arms can also occur if the driver gets their arms caught in the wheel during an accident. As with most truck accident injuries, injuries are most common for passenger car occupants, because they are less protected than passengers in commercial trucks.

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During the Halloween season, car drivers and parents are cautioned to be extra cautious about trick-or-treaters and the risk of pedestrian accidents on October 31. However, keep in mind that even during the day of the 31st, you need to be concerned about more than candy and car drivers. Truck accidents can be a concern on Halloween, too.

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On the evening of October 31, trucks are generally not to be found around residential areas. Many deliveries are over by the time Halloween trick or treating starts. However, truck accidents in Hollywood and south Florida can still be a concern at this time of year for three main reasons:

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Do you believe these misconceptions about truck collisions?:

Myth: Truck drivers don’t have to worry about being in a collision, because they are protected in the cab.

Fact: Passenger car drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists are most at risk in a trucking collision because they are protected by fewer layers. However, truck drivers need to think about safety, too. The impact of the collision can cause them to get thrown around the inside of the cab or even clear of the vehicle, which can lead to life-threatening injury. Anything in the cab can become a projectile in the event of a crash, causing serious injury to the driver. If the big rig, tanker, or truck rolls over, the truck driver can be seriously hurt. In addition, if the cargo is hazardous, a collision can cause a spill or fire which can cause serious injury to the driver.

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About 30% of all fatal accidents involving teen drivers in 2014 involved speeding. Speeding is a serious problem for teen drivers and their parents.  Speed-related crashes can result in serious injuries and even fatalities and preventing these collisions can be tricky.

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Teens may speed from peer pressure or out of curiosity. They may associate speeding with their favorite movies or stars. No matter why it happens, it can be deadly. On highways, especially, teens are sharing the road with trucks and truck drivers cannot stop in the time to avoid a collision when other drivers are speeding. In a truck collision involving speeding, your teen’s life is danger, because the impact of the crash is likely to cause fatal injuries.

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Many people have misconceptions about trucking accidents, and unfortunately some of these myths can impact their ability to share the road safely with larger vehicles. Do you believe any of these myths?:

Myth: There’s nothing I can do to stop truck crashes.

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In many ways, elderly drivers are safer. Statistically, they are more likely to use seat belts and less likely to engage in aggressive driving or drunk driving. However, medical issues which can occur with senior years can affect driving ability and can make elderly motorists vulnerable to truck crashes in Hollywood and other communities.

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If you have a senior relative or friend, there are things you can do to help them drive more safely:

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