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Truck Drivers Offer Practical Driver Safety Advice

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Truck Drivers Offer Practical Driver Safety Advice

Truck Drivers Offer Practical Driver Safety Advice – Today’s guest blog is by The Ledger Law Firm in Palm Springs, CA. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Marc J. Victor, P.C.

PALM SPRINGS, California. For many Americans, truck driving is a mysterious profession. According to the New York Times, there are 1.7 million truck drivers working in America today. Many truckers put in long hours, spend days or weeks away from their families, and inhabit a world on the road few of us know about or even could imagine. Truck driving is also dangerous and hard work. While many truck companies and drivers do what they can to stay safe, they note that drivers of passenger vehicles sometimes act in ways that make it difficult to avoid accidents. When the New York Times asked truckers what advice they would give to drivers of passenger vehicles, the response was overwhelming. What safety tips do truckers offer to passenger vehicles? Here are a few things to consider: 

Truck Drivers Offer Practical Driver Safety Advice

Truck Drivers Offer Practical Driver Safety Advice

  • Trucks cannot speed up or slow down as fast as passenger vehicles. Truck drivers need more space to brake and to accelerate. A large truck may need as long as a football field to come to a complete stop.
  • Use turn signals and lights during rain. Turn signals let truck drivers know your intentions. During heavy rain, the water can obstruct a driver’s ability to see cars in their rearview mirror, so having your headlights on can increase your visibility.
  • Don’t text and drive. One truck driver reported seeing 75% of the people on the road holding their phones while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving led to 3,477 deaths in 2015 alone. Truck drivers ride up high above cars and can see inside. One driver reported seeing everything from drivers texting, reading, and some even putting on makeup.
  • Truck drivers don’t always have safe places to sleep. Rest stops have been closing. Some truck drivers have no choice but to either keep driving or to pull over on the side of the road, a practice which can also get them into trouble in some areas.

Truck Drivers Offer Practical Driver Safety Advice

There are many things drivers can also do regarding their behavior around trucks to keep themselves safe. Unfortunately, sometimes truck drivers and truck companies also act in ways that endanger the safety of others on the road. Truck drivers may also face pressure to meet unreasonable delivery schedules. Some falsify logs or break federal hours of service laws. Others may also take drugs to keep themselves awake for the long hours they need to be behind the wheel. When drivers and companies put their bottom lines over public safety, the victims are often those in passenger vehicles.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident in Palm Springs, California, contact the truck accident lawyers at the Ledger Law Firm today. Our firm understands the unique complexity of truck accident law. We can review the details of your case, identify stakeholders, and see if the driver or company broke the law. So, if you’ve been hurt, don’t suffer in silence. Visit http://truck-accident-help.com today to seek justice under the law.

Citations:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/us/trucking-jobs.html?_r=0

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

http://truck-accident-help.com/palm-springs-truck-accident-lawyer

http://truck-accident-help.com

Truck Drivers Offer Practical Driver Safety Advice

 

2017-07-11T08:50:54+00:00

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