How Truck Drivers Can Reduce the Risk of Accidents
Trucking accidents, though preventable, are all too common. Although you cannot control how others conduct themselves while driving, there are ways in which you can greatly decrease the risk of trucking accidents. If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck driving accident, contact the personal injury attorneys of Finkelstein and Partners, LLP today. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers will provide you with the highest quality legal representation to fight for your compensations.
One important factor that can greatly decrease truck driving accidents, is rest. Federal regulation states that truck drivers are not supposed to drive more than twelve consecutive hours in a row, but many drive for longer than that. It is crucial for truck drivers to stop and take breaks from driving when they are tired, in order to decrease the risk for accidents. Driving for an extended period of time can also put drivers in a brain fog, greatly decreasing their response time and attention to the road.
Yet another factor in truck driving accidents is lane distance. Drivers must be aware of lane distance in their appropriate lane while driving. Knowing things such as starting and stopping distances, break distance, and proper speed maintenance can help drivers avoid accidents on the road. This is especially true when their truck is part of a fleet.
For truck drivers knowing their blind spots is also important in reducing the risk of trucking accidents. Blind spot distances vary from truck to truck, so it is important to be aware of where yours are as well as their distances. Understanding how far away a car or person really is from your truck is crucial in preventing major accidents. This is true for both driving on the road and backing up to make deliveries.
Finally, making sure your truck undergoes the proper routine maintenance is also very important. Even though it is the responsibility of your employer to stay on top of truck maintenance, checking tire pressure and rotation, mirrors and other parts that are used often while on the road is a great way to make sure that your vehicle is always in good condition. Making sure you do this before going on long trips will not only prevent accidents, but also give you confidence and comfort while behind the wheel.
While knowing the proper rules on procedures of the road and the trucking world can greatly decrease the risk of accidents, they still do occur. If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck driving accident, contact the personal injury attorneys of Finkelstein and Partners, LLP today. Our team of personal injury professionals will work hard to fight for the compensations you need and deserve. Call us today at (800) 529-2676. You may also email us at [email protected]