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Truck Driver Safety Tips

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Truck Accidents | 0 comments

Trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Their mere size and weight make traffic accidents involving them more devastating, compared to compact cars, SUVs, and motorcycles. It is a good thing that the law takes truck accidents seriously.

According to the website of Fall River, Massachusetts truck accident attorneys of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., truck companies, drivers, and maintenance providers who have been negligent and have caused truck accidents may be held liable for the damages.

Truck drivers play a significant role in preventing accidents, so safety tips have been written below for them.

Get rest
Before dealing with the factors that may cause accidents, you should first deal with yourself. Get adequate rest to avoid driver fatigue. If you are not rested enough, you have the tendency to be less alert on the road.

Check road and weather conditions
One of the overlooked factors in truck accidents is the condition of the road and the weather. Dangerous road conditions, such as potholes and defective traffic signals, put you at risk of crashing. This is also true for hazardous weather conditions, such as rain, wind, and fog. Before you even travel, be aware if the area has these conditions.

Practice safe loading and unloading
Before you even load your truck, make sure that it is in optimal condition to prevent defects, especially on its trailer. Don’t push your luck and overload your truck, as this may cause too much stress to the trailer and the tires, potentially triggering an accident.

Drive safely
This is the most obvious safety tip for truck drivers. Don’t be careless when it comes to blind spots, curves, and turns. Avoid reckless behaviors such as distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, tailgating, and dangerous maneuvering. Also, be extra careful at night and on winding roads.

The key to truck accident prevention is realizing that you are not the only motorist on the road. Once you get into an accident, the size and weight of your truck may have devastating effects to other motorists and properties.

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Causes of Lethal Truck Accidents

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents | 3 comments

Recent studies have shown that between car and truck drivers, car drivers are most like the ones who have caused the accident and are most likely to die after the collision. According to recent studies from AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety, within the analyzed 10,000 fatal car-truck accidents that occurred, ninety-eight percent of the accidents resulted to fatalities that happened inside the car. Seventy-five percent of these accidents were caused by car drivers, while the remaining twenty-five percent were caused by truck drivers.

Based on the findings from the AAA report, these lethal truck accidents are due to five major driving and road violations: speeding, not yielding to the right of way, driver inattention, disregarding signs and signals, and failing to stay in your lane. These leading actions have accounted to sixty-five percent of dangerous driving actions that driver commit.

Many car drivers seem to be driving around these trucks the same way they do around smaller vehicles and these wrong estimation and confidence is what results to car-truck collisions. However, lack of proper driving education of commercial “big-rig” truck drivers are what the AAA studies believe to a big factor in these accidents. Truck drivers seem to drive dangerously – believing they are in the right way even if they are not. Because of their bigger size, many motorists believe truck drivers need to be more cautious, watching out for other, smaller vehicles while driving on the roads. Based on an article from the Abel Law Firm, vehicular accidents occur in American roads every eight seconds – this means everyone will be involved in a car accident at least once in their lifetime.

As time passes, road and safe driving education may become more and more important as the number of motorists have increased, making the highways all the more crowded. Just as with smaller vehicles, AAA informs drivers of the trucks blind spots, braking, and many other factors that can limit big-rig trucks ability to maneuver.

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