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How  to Avoid a Truck Accident

Houston Trucking Accidents Caused by Blind Spots

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t employ the d

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nd

egul

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e difficult to

void compli

nce bec

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onic logging devices

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equi

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most d

ive

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hen you

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iving,

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ys be mindful of big t

ucks.

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t bec

use of thei

size

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eight, especi

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    t t

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    kes, it

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    n s

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    ck up to give the t

    ucke

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    n, you should do so.

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    idges. Often the st

    te o

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    ssenge

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    sy fo

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    uling

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    ving t

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    uck is going slo

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t

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ne

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ibuto

li

ble fo

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nce issues th

t c

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    employe

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    kes, suspension,

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    e

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s h

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n inspection list th

t they must go th

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o

d. Often, Deptment of Tnspo

t

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s t

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ucks ove

to inspect them

t ndom. These offici

ls c

n cite t

ucke

s fo

not keeping p

ope

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nu

l logs, fo

h

ving b

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s,

o

n ti

es,

nd othe

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ight, keep

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