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Truck fatalities: Why they happen, and how to avoid them

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Investigators continue to search for the cause of an accident that claimed the lives of two local teens on Interstate 20 Tuesday. The teens were in a truck when they were hit from behind by an 18 wheeler.

Truck drivers said they are constantly on the lookout for increasingly distracted drivers.

"At high speeds, not paying attention on their phones, pass by you texting or whatever and never look at you," said Quincy Bailey, who has been driving trucks for 13 years. "You'll watch them for two miles down the road, they never look up once."

Truckers often get a bad rap, but they often aren't responsible for bad wrecks.

According to the American trucking association, car drivers are at fault 75 percent of the time in big rig fatal crashes. There are, however, times when the stressful jobs can get to truckers.  

"Most of the time you have other factors involved because they drive for a living," said former truck inspector Dane Maxwell. "These guys are on the road a lot so fatigue can become a factor as well as the maintenance on those trucks, and more times than not, speed."

Motorists can do their part to keep the roads safe. Trucking experts we talked to say always avoid a big rigs blind spot, and give them space. Your life could depend on it.  

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