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Truck Driver Safety Tips

Truck Driver Safety Tips

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, trucking is one of the most dangerous occupations. It is important for truck drivers to take as many safety precautions as possible while they are operating a large commercial vehicle, both for their well-being and for the safety of others motorists sharing the road.

Due to the large size discrepancy between tractor-trailers and the average passenger vehicle, truck vs. car accidents often result in severe and debilitating injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Connecticut truck accident, don’t hesitate to contact us.

To begin exploring your legal options, simply complete the Free Case Review form on this page.

Safety Tips for Truck Drivers

While a truck accident can be caused by either a truck driver or the driver of another vehicle, the following tips for truckers can decrease the risk of a crash:

Find a Proper Parking Spot

Avoid using the shoulders of roads for parking unless an unsafe vehicle condition or mechanical situation requires you to do so. If you are parked in or within 10 feet of a right of way, remember to use reflective devices or flares to warn other drivers of your location. Never park on soft shoulders, blind curves or on off-ramps.

Secure Loads Properly

Whether you are driving a short distance or across the country, it is imperative that your load is properly secured. Millions of dollars in freight claims and millions more in vehicle and property damage is a direct result of improperly secured loads. When a load is not secured, it can shift and cause the truck to rollover.

Inspect the Vehicle

Proper pre- and post-trip inspections are the only chance to reduce equipment failure. The best prevention method is to catch something before it becomes a mechanical failure. Pay attention to areas that have been repaired in the past. Also, be sure to check tires, lights and flashers as they are the most likely to be malfunctioning.

Be Aware of the No-Zone

While you may be aware of what your “No-Zone” is, other drivers may not, so it is important to be aware of the vehicles around you. One-third of all crashes between large trucks and cars occur in a truck’s blind spot.

Be Well Rested

Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of truck wrecks. It is important that you are well rested before getting behind the wheel. Hours of service regulations were created for a reason, and the violation of these regulations could be detrimental both to your livelihood and to your safety.

Exercise Caution in Construction Zones

About one-third of work zone fatalities involve a truck accident. Being alert and slowing down in construction zones can significantly decrease your risk of being involved in a wreck.

Drive Defensively

Approximately two-thirds of all traffic fatalities are a result of aggressive driving behavior. Using your truck’s size to look ahead for dangerous driving situations or for reckless drivers sharing the road can help you anticipate and possibly avoid potential accidents. Always avoid driving aggressively.

Keep Reasonable Driving Distance

Large commercial vehicles require more stopping distance than a smaller car. Keeping a reasonable distance between your truck and the car in front of you will allow you to brake safely given an emergency situation that forces you to stop abruptly.

Report Highway Issues

Whether it is an unsafe company, driver, roadway or vehicle that you witness, reporting safety issues can help to keep you and fellow drivers safe on Connecticut highways. To report any safety concerns to authorities, keep the following numbers on you while you are driving:

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Hotline: 1-888-327-4236
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Driver Hotline: 1-800-DOT-SAFT

Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in a truck accident, we urge you to consult with an experienced truck accident attorney. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our attorneys have the knowledge and resources necessary to successfully litigate a Connecticut truck accident claim. Our staff will be able to recreate the scene of the crash in order to pinpoint the exact cause and hold the responsible parties liable for the injuries that resulted from the accident.

With offices located in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, our firm is committed to fighting for the rights of all those who have been injured by the actions or negligence of another in the state of Connecticut.

Our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our firm to pursue justice for your losses, there is never any cost to you until we obtain a favorable outcome for your claim, whether by jury verdict or through a settlement with the other parties involved.

If you are unsure if you have cause to file a truck accident injury lawsuit, contact our lawyers to schedule a free case evaluation. During an evaluation, one of our attorneys will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal recourse for your losses.

For more information on the legal rights which may be available to truck accident injury victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.

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