How Tractor Trailer Companies Can Prevent Truck Accidents
Accidents aren’t inevitable. Find out how tractor trailer companies can prevent accidents in this article.
No one wants to think about the possibility of a horrible accident; however, for many Americans, being injured in a trucking accident is a terrible reality. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, nearly 5,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents in 2017. Because tractor trailers are such large vehicles, colliding with a smaller truck or even a car can be catastrophic. Even if an accident does not result in a fatality, there may be other consequences. The victims of the accident may experience long-term emotional damage, as well as serious physical injuries. They may experience bruising, broken bones, or even head injuries. Some victims may lose their jobs as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident. Fortunately, there are several things that tractor trailer companies can do to make a difference and to prevent accidents from happening while on the road.
First of all, trucking companies and their drivers should be following the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. This includes rules on how drivers should be conducting themselves while on duty so that they don’t overwork. Working appropriate hours ensures that drivers are able to operate their vehicles with maximum awareness. Many accidents occur because a driver is overworked and overtired. Driver fatigue can lead to a reduced reaction time; however, it can also lead to poor decision-making while on the road. Drivers may change lanes without properly checking for other vehicles or may fail to yield when necessary if they are too tired.
The trucking companies should also be checking to make sure their drivers don’t have a history of misconduct. Speeding, accidents, and other unsafe behaviors should be caught in background checks before drivers get on the road. Regular reviews of a driver’s performance and behavior can also help to reduce accidents on the road. Drivers who continuously get tickets or who frequently speed may be more likely to be involved in an accident than drivers who obey the rules of the road.
It’s also very important that each truck is carefully maintained in order to operate at maximum efficiency. The companies and drivers should be keeping up on the maintenance of the trucks themselves. If the trucks malfunction, there can be severe consequences to the driver of the truck, as well as to other drivers who are on the road. Trucks should be assessed and checked at regular intervals to ensure they are operating safely.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a trucking accident, it’s time to seek the assistance of an attorney. The right lawyer can make a significant difference and can help guide and assist you during this time. No matter what type of accident you were involved in, it’s important to know that you aren’t alone and that you do have options. Call today to get started.