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eve

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ntee ong> th

t

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tight de

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CTED. They suffe

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tigue. They

eso

t to ove

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nd-on, but you get the ide

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Y,

e should be

ble to count on t

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t

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esponsible

nd c

eful t

uck d

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lys the c

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dly mist

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Inju

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t

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EME d

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occup

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ny vehicle involved. T

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t collide

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SSIVE d

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ses toxic cgo in

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t

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nothe

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ISK. Fo

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mple:
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    st c

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    eb

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self

nd you

loved ones s

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om

n

ccident involving

t

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ny kind of lge t

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ke some simple p

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ne next to

t

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section. The t

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un

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un ove

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neuve

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fely. It’s not just otheo

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YONE on

nd ne o

d

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ces EXT

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NGE

in

t

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t

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ccident. So, if you see

t

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Shout!<

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Eve

yone on the

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d o

es it to thei

fello

moto

ists

nd citizens to ong>KEEP

N EYE OUT ong> fo

le

ks

nd spills f

om t

nke

t

ucks. T

nke

t

uck d

ive

s might not even

e

lize they e le

king c

go. ong>

le

t the d

ive

immedi

tely ong> ong>o

pull ove

to c

ll 911<

st

ong>,

nd then ong>move

s f

y

s possible ong> to keep you

self

nd you

loved ones s

fe.

Help

fte

T

nke

T

uck

ccident

If the

O

ST h

ppens

nd

t

nke

t

uck

ccident inju

es you o

loved one, do you kno

the steps to t

ke to p

otect youellbeing

nd leg

l

ights? He

e’s

h

t I usu

lly

ecommend to

NYONE

ho f

ces

C

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t

nke

t

uck.

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    l help. ong> Going to see

    docto

    fte

    t

    nke

    t

    uck

    ccident se

    ves

    t le

    st t

    o pu

    poses. Fi

    st, obviously, it p

    otects you

    he

    lth. Second, it c

    e

    tes

    eco

    ds th

    t di

    ectly tie you

    inju

    ies to the t

    nke

    t

    uck

    ccident. Th

    t is impo

    t

    nt bec

    use the pties

    ith potenti

    l leg

    l li

    bility to you (

    nd thei

    insunce comp

    nies)

    ill look fony

    e

    son to

    void p

    ying you

    h

    t you dese

    ve.

    iting

    feeeks to seek medic

    l c

    e just gives those p

    ties

    mmunition to gue th

    t you didn’t

    e

    lly get hu

    t in the t

    nke

    t

    uck

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    t f

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    DOCTOIGHT

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    e

    t insunce comp

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    EME c

    ution.<

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    t you might need to t

    lk to you

    o

    n insunce comp

    ny

    bout inju

    ies o

    p

    ope

    ty d

    m

    ge c

    used by

    t

    nke

    t

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    eve

    , if SOMEONE ELSE’S insunce comp

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    H, be ceful.<

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    ong> Out

    e

    ch f

    om the othe

    d

    ive

    ’s insunce comp

    ny (o

    nyone else’s) is

    su

    efi

    e sign th

    t someone thinks they might o

    e you

    ong>TON<

    st

    ong> of money in d

    m

    ges

    nd they hope they c

    n skip out on p

    ying you

    h

    t you dese

    ve by cutting

    quick de

    l. Do not t

    lk to them. Inste

    d, follo

    the next tip.

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    LL

    T

    UCK

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    st

    ong> P

    otect you

    self

    nd you

    ights by letting

    n expe

    ienced t

    nke

    t

    uck

    ccident

    tto

    ney do the t

    lking

    ith insu

    nce comp

    nies

    nd l

    ye

    s fo

    you. T

    nke

    t

    uck

    ccidents th

    t

    esult in

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    Y COMPLIC

    TED, VE

    Y QUICKLY.<

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    ong> Eve

    yone

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    l leg

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    l p

    ofession

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    ho h

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    ough this kind of dis

    ste

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    e to m

    ke su

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