Highway Etiquette – Avoid Accidents by Being Considerate

When driving, as in other aspects of daily life, practicing the Golden Rule can make for a safer, more pleasant experience. Here are some practical driver etiquette tips that may help avoid an accident, a road rage incident, or an unpleasant encounter.

Knowing and Obeying Right-of-Way Rules

New York traffic laws govern rights-of-way in intersections, the most common locations for automobile accidents. New York law and common courtesy require that a driver approaching an intersection must yield to a driver already in the intersection. Even if your light is green, do not pull out in front of another vehicle. You may be legally within your rights, but that will be little comfort when your vehicle is damaged, or you are injured.

In an intersection with four-way stop signs, drivers are required to yield to the driver on their right. If there are drivers at all four intersections, highway etiquette dictates that the first driver to approach should be allowed to proceed first.

No Tailgating

It can be frustrating to be stuck behind a slow driver but failing to leave enough distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you is not only impolite, but also dangerous. If that driver makes a sudden stop, lane change, or has to swerve to avoid an obstacle, you may not have enough time to stop. If you rear-end another vehicle, you will almost always be found responsible for the accident.

Avoid Aggressive driving

Aggressive driving practices such as frequent or sudden lane changes, honking or repeatedly flashing your lights in order to get a vehicle to move out of the way, and excessive speed, increase your chances of being involved in an accident. In addition, these practices may startle an inexperienced driver, further increasing the risk of an accident.

Use Your Signals

New York law and common courtesy require the use of turn signals before turning or changing lanes. Think about yourself in a similar situation: would you appreciate another driver suddenly stopping to turn without any warning? The driver behind you may be distracted, or may be following a bit too close. He may even be distraught over some bad news or a family emergency. Give him a chance to see that you are about to slow down or move into his lane, and you may avoid a potentially deadly accident.

General Courtesy

Drivers who are considerate of other motorists and who treat others on the road as they would prefer to be treated may avoid creating situations in which other drivers feel the need to retaliate for rude behavior, either with aggressive driving of their own, or even deliberate actions.

New York Accident Attorneys

Despite your best efforts, you may fund yourself in an accident someday. If you do, call the personal injury experts at the O’Brien Firm at 716-907-7777, or visit our website at www.theobrienfirm.com for more information.

 

Recreational Vehicle Accidents

RV AccidentsCamping and road trips with family and friends are typically fun vacations to participate in. When you’re going to be away from your home for a long time period, it is often convenient and more relaxing to rent a larger recreational vehicle (RV) rather than trying to fit the entire family into a regular car. 

While living and sleeping arrangements are much more enjoyable and spacious, maneuvering these large vehicles can be very difficult. Not only do they have many more blind spots, but they are also much heavier and take longer to accelerate or brake. RV accidents can happen in a snap of a finger to anyone inexperienced in driving such large vehicles.  

How RV Accidents Can Happen 

There are different types of RV’s including conventional, campers, and motor homes. Each come with their own dangers. An accident can be caused by: 

  • Fatigue: it is common to drive for several hours at a time while traveling in an RV. This can easily lead to reduced sleep and fatigue. Falling asleep at the wheel is dangerous as it is while driving a regular car, but even more dangerous while driving a heavy and large vehicle such as an RV. 
  • Difficult Turns: It is always more difficult to make turns while driving a larger vehicle. If you try to make a tight turn, you risk hitting something. If you try making a turn too fast, you risk rolling the RV over, causing damage and potential injuries or death. 
  • Drinking and Driving: It is understandable to want to have a few drinks while vacationing. However, drinking while controlling a large RV is not only against the law but also extremely unsafe. If you’re going to be drinking, don’t drive any vehicle. 
  • Vehicle Malfunctions: If you’re renting from a company, they are required to maintain their rental vehicles and make sure that they are working properly for renters to drive. However, there are times when a malfunction can be overlooked, and an RV can run into serious problems. 

What You Should And Shouldn’t Do 

The first thing you should do if you are ever in any sort of vehicle accident is to seek medical attention for yourself and the people involved. Furthermore, document as much as you can so everything will stay fresh in your mind. Write down notes, take photos, and capture videos. The shock of an accident can cause you to forget important information later on. You should also speak with an attorney as soon as you can so he or she can analyze what happened and help you receive compensation for injuries that you have endured. 

On the other hand, things you shouldn’t do is speak about the accident on social media. It is far too easy for any insurance company to simply look up your online profile on any social media site that you use and try to use anything you say against you. This can hinder your chances of receiving fair insurance compensation. Furthermore, you should avoid speaking with any insurance provider. Often, they will try to contact you for a statement, but you are under no obligation to speak with them. Instead, have your attorney conversate with them.  

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If you are involved in an RV accident, you need an experienced attorney to help you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Contact The O’Brien Law Firm at your earliest convenience so our attorneys can go over what happened and start working for you. Reach us at: (716) 907-7777. 

Construction Accidents 

If you work in the construction business, you will likely be required to drive and maneuver large construction trucks and heavy equipment. Although it may be part of the job, it can still be dangerous and has led to life-threatening injuries and death. Some accidents are unpredictable and unavoidable, but if you recognize the dangers so that you can take precautions, you’ll vastly lower your chances of being involved in a construction-related accident while working. 

Cement and Dump Trucks On The Roads 

Both cement and dump trucks weigh a lot. They are hard to turn in tight spaces and it can oftentimes be difficult to brake. Their multiple blind spots also make them difficult to maneuver as drivers won’t know if other drivers or objects are nearby. Furthermore, accidents involving these large trucks can be far more severe because of the large impact and lack of protection. It is often difficult for experienced drivers to drive these trucks, let alone inexperienced people. 

On the road, truck drivers need to be aware of their surroundings, well-trained, and of course, sober. It can take a toll on drivers because they need to be even more cautious while driving these trucks rather than driving a regular to mid-sized vehicle. Cement and dump truck drivers need to be confident and proficient in their ability to operate these trucks. 

Heavy Equipment 

Heavy equipment includes: 

  • Backhoes 
  • Excavators 
  • Cranes 
  • Bulldozers 
  • Loaders 
  • Graders, and more 

Constructing structures requires heavy equipment to move and build. Construction areas are typically blocked off to the public so the professionals can complete their jobs. In fact, trespassing in a construction zone is oftentimes a felony. Trespassers will likely be fined and can be imprisoned for entering a construction area without permission. 

The reason why construction zones are so heavily regulated is because accidents can easily happen so having additional people there that aren’t trained can be a detriment. While operating heavy equipment, drivers and people around them need to be additionally vigilant because one wrong move can cause property damage, serious bodily injuries, and/or death. Even though this equipment doesn’t move quickly, their strength can easily cause a damaging impact. 

What To Do If You Are Involved In A Construction-Related Accident 

When you are involved in a construction-related accident, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. Your health and well-being should always be your number-one priority. You should also inform the person in charge of the construction area, as he or she will likely have insurance and may be liable to you. One of the most important things you should do is contact an attorney. Attorneys will be able to help you receive compensation for injuries and guide you through the steps of a personal injury lawsuit. Whether you were on the job or an innocent bystander, these accidents can be devastating and a big shock. 

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Construction-related injuries caused by heavy trucks and machinery have caused a lot of damage and harm but no one should have to deal with that alone. If you are injured in a construction accident, you need a lawyer to help you receive compensation for your injuries. Call us today at The O’Brien Law Firm: (716) 907-7777.

Why And How Commercial Truck Drivers Are Held To A Higher Standard 

tractor trailer rolls over and lands in the medianDriving heavy commercial trucks requires additional skills and expertise over driving a regular sized vehicle. Trucks are heavier, much more difficult to handle, and can cause serious accidents leading to property damage, personal injuries, and even death. Therefore, it makes sense that there are different rules that apply solely to commercial truck drivers with strict repercussions for any truck driver who violates these rules.  

In addition to the skills and expertise requirements, truck drivers must also be ready for the mentality of driving such a large vehicle on specified deadlines. They must drive for very long hours alone with the same scenery often. This can lead to exhaustion, stress, depression, and frustration. All these feelings are never positive while driving because they can worsen a driver’s concentration, focus, and ability to handle a vehicle.  

How To Obtain A Commercial Driver’s License 

Truck drivers are held to a higher standard than other drivers on the road. To obtain a commercial driver’s license, truck drivers must pass background and medical checks to make sure that they are fit for the position. They must also successfully pass tests to prove their skills and knowledge on how to handle the class of commercial vehicle they wish to drive (classes A-C). If a driver has to transport hazardous material, he or she also has to pass another test to prove skills of handling and transporting hazardous material. Courses focused solely on the class of vehicle drivers wish to obtain a license for are available. Obtaining a commercial driver’s license justifiably takes more steps than obtaining a regular driver’s license. 

 Violation Repercussions 

Truck drivers who violate road laws may face their license being suspended, canceled, or revoked. Depending on the violation, truck drivers could lose their licenses for certain periods of time or even be disqualified for life. Furthermore, truck drivers can also be sentenced to jail and fined. 

Violations include driving under the influence, having a .04% BAC or higher while driving a commercial vehicle, driving recklessly, and other driving infractions. Violations that only apply to commercial truck drivers include having an oversized load, inaccurate log books, and driving on roads that restrict commercial trucks. Even when truck drivers drive their own personal vehicles off-duty and commit a road offense, their commercial driving license can potentially be disqualified. 

What Can Go Wrong 

Truck accidents have caused pileups on the highway as well as permanent injuries and death. Injuries include whiplash, seatbelt injuries, and back pain. Fires in the middle of the road and unsecured spills have occurred causing hazards to all people in the near vicinity. 

Road regulations are strictly enforced to avoid these types of accidents, but nevertheless accidents occur, which is why people are required to have insurance for commercial trucks in New York. In fact, New York mandates minimum coverages for property damage, bodily injuries, and death coverage. Commercial insurance is needed even if an employer uses his or her own pickup truck for business purposes as personal insurance will not cover such expenses. 

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If you are injured in an accident involving a truck, you need to be compensated. The experienced attorneys at O’Brien are available for a free initial consultation to discuss your potential claim. Call us today at (716) 907-7777. 

School Bus Safety 

School Bus Safety Caution SignWithin the past recent years, parents and police have been increasingly monitoring school buses and the drivers who ignore traffic laws. Disregarding these rules have led to injuries and even deaths. These laws are necessary to protect children and drivers because school buses are large, slow, have multiple blind spots, and are difficult to maneuver.

How To Keep Your Children Safe

School buses typically pick children up in the early hours of the morning at the corner of a neighborhood street. Oftentimes, it’s still dark out. Open communication with your child is key to explain the dangers of walking outside so early in the morning without adult supervision. When you can, you should always walk with your children to the bus stop, but it has become quite common for children to walk alone. When your children walk alone, make sure you tell them to:

  • Always walk on the sidewalk and stay off the road
  • Wear reflective clothing and use flashlights in the dark
  • Keep a fully-charged phone on them at all times
  • Watch out for vehicles that might not be paying attention
  • Stay in the street lights as often as possible

Regulation

One school bus law is to stop whenever a school bus’s stop signs are out. This is an indication that children are either boarding or leaving the bus and therefore will be near the road. Drivers are required to stop behind the bus, even when the bus is pulled to the side or there is room to pass.

It might be tempting to rush and go around a school bus, but you never know when a child might jump out of nowhere into the middle of the road. Unfortunately, drivers over the years have been ignoring these laws and often pass school buses. This had led to accidents that could have easily been avoided if the drivers had simply followed the law.

Enforcement

Parents, police, news outlets, and school districts have realized that people are breaking these laws and have been making efforts to stop these offenses by monitoring school buses:

  • Parents: Parents now often walk with or drive their children to bus stops. When parents see a violation, many also video-record it to show the authorities and bring awareness to other parents.
  • Police: Police often park near school buses and school zones as a warning and to pull over drivers cutting off, driving around, and speeding near school buses when they clearly have stop signs out.
  • The Media: News outlets have also picked up on these multiple infractions and often broadcast it. Occasionally, reporters will film right at the bus stops to show proof of drivers breaking the law.
  • School Districts: Many school buses now have cameras installed to record traffic violations to show police and find ways to make school buses safer.

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No matter how much of a hurry you might be in, you should always follow your state and county’s road regulations not only to protect yourself, but also the people around you, other drivers, and passengers. If you are ever in a vehicle accident, you need a personal injury attorney. Contact us today for a free initial consultation: (716) 907-7777.

Off-Road Trucking Accidents Precautions 

off-road truck stuck at snowOff-roading and overlanding have become increasingly popular these past few years. Many people enjoy going out onto trails and roads that not everyone gets to ride on.

Major car companies have caught on to this new hobby and are manufacturing vehicles built for these roads that are still available to use as daily drivers. In particular, the demand for high-powered off-road trucks has grown in popularity.

While you’ll want to go out and have fun with your recreational truck, there are serious accidents that can happen, so you always have to be cautious. 

Being Stranded Or Stuck 

One of the biggest concerns for most off-roaders is being stranded. Oftentimes, these trails don’t have cell service. Not many authorities are there to help either. If something is to happen to your off-road camping vehicle such as getting stuck in the mud, running out of gas, or simply breaking down, you’re going to need to have planned ahead for the worse, just in case. 

When you are driving on the trails, you’re bound to come across puddles. While puddles aren’t big deals on maintained gravel roads, that is not the case when you’re out on trails and have no way of knowing how deep a puddle is. Water puddles can be a few inches deep, but they could also be much deeper and cause damage to your recreational truck. Additionally, mud causes vehicles to slide and tires to lose traction. You can easily get stuck or slide in mud and require someone to pull you out. 

Animals 

You might think that you are alone out in the wilderness, but you have to remember that there are animals living around you. Depending on your location, you might have to watch out for deer, bears, and other predators in the woods that may jump out of nowhere into the middle of your path. Heavier trucks are more difficult to reach to a full stop so large animals can not only damage your truck, but also cause serious injuries from swerving into a tree or hitting the animal. 

Incoming Vehicles 

While you’re on trails, it’s easy not to realize that you are out on a public road because there are often not many people out there. However, you have to recognize that there can be other people near you driving their recreational vehicles. There are often no speed limits set out on these trails or no authorities to enforce them, so it is easier to inadvertently speed. Driving at a reasonable speed in case another person drives out in front of you from a connected or hidden path will allow you to stop in time. 

Precautions 

Each time you go out on trails, you have to make sure that you take precautions beforehand. It’s always a good idea to have: 

  • Off-road insurance 
  • The proper equipment, such as a wench and tow straps 
  • A full tank of gas 
  • Satellite radio 
  • GPS Chargers 
  • Food and water 
  • Friends and/or family that know where you are 

Whether you’re with friends, family, or a group of fellow off-roaders, you should recognize that there are dangers out on the seemingly peaceful wilderness. It’s better to be overly cautious than caught off guard in a bad situation. 

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If you or a close family member is involved in any kind of truck accident, The O’Brien Law Firm can help. When you pursue a personal injury claim, you need professionals that will be there for you. Call us today at (716) 907-7777 for a free, no-obligation consultation. 

Work-Related Truck Accidents

Truck AccidentTruck accidents can often be more devastating than a typical car accident because of how big and heavy trucks are.

Trucks have caused massive spills on the road requiring long and tedious clean ups in addition to deadly highway pileups.

In addition to road accidents, there are many accidents that happen off the road, such as when employees are required to work with trucks in their line of work. No one should feel unsafe at work.

If a work-related injury happens to you, our attorneys know how to help. 

Many jobs require being familiar with big trucks including industrial, towing, and dump trucks. According to the United States Department of Labor, there are costly work-related accidents involving trucks multiple times every month. Depending on the job, accidents include electrocution, being crushed and killed, and having amputated limbs. Whichever situation you or your close family member is in, you can sue for workers’ compensation when an injury happens at work. 

Employer Safety Measures 

If you are the owner of a business that requires work trucks, you owe it to your employees to have your premises, equipment, and trucks in safe and working order. Oftentimes, these work-related accidents are preventable. To prevent one of your employees getting hurt at work and furthermore suing your business, you can: 

  • Make sure that each employee is aware of the dangers and severity of injuries trucks can cause 
  • Conduct quarterly safety meetings with your employees to remind them of the importance of being careful 
  • Consistently conduct safety checks on a regular basis and maintain the trucks 
  • Allow your employees to take sufficient breaks throughout the day to avoid burning out and making careless errors 
  • Enforce policies and guidelines when around trucks and discipline employees for not following them 

Employee Safety Measures 

As an employee, you also need to be additionally careful around trucks to avoid severe to fatal injuries to yourself and others. Always remember to: 

  • Be aware of your surroundings, blind spots, and make sure to use all necessary signals 
  • Wear the proper safety gear required for the work area you are in 
  • Follow each rule and pay attention to updates and notifications 
  • Take breaks so that your mind stays clear and sharp 
  • Immediately consult with a supervisor or owner when you notice something malfunctioning 

What To Do 

If a work-related accident occurs, the first thing to do is contact the authorities. Medical attention may be needed. After, you should always speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Write down exactly what happened so that you can refresh your memory in the future if you ever need to. After considering all your options, an attorney will then be able to take the following steps on his or her part to pursue a lawsuit if you decide to sue. 

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If you are involved in a work-related truck accident, you can always count on the diligent attorneys at The O’Brien Law Firm to help you figure out what to do next. Call us today at (716) 907-7777 for a free consultation so we can discuss all your options. We look forward to talking with you. 

How To Deal With Trucking Accidents

Big truck that burned on side of road after accidentTruck accidents have caused pile-ups on the highway as well as fatal accidents that would have been minor if it was a regular sedan.

Trucks are much larger and heavier than regular cars, so when a truck accident takes place, it is likely that multiple people and vehicles will be involved.

Due to the potential travesty that a truck accident can cause, additional expertise is required to operate one and truck drivers are required to be licensed to drive any kind of commercial truck. 

What Truck Drivers Deal With 

Driving for hours and hours can be exhausting. Truck drivers have to put up with: 

  • The sun causing eye strain 
  • The same monotonous scenery of trees, roads, and cars 
  • Driving for hours at a time 
  • Meeting pressing deadlines 
  • Lack of communication and companionship with friends and family 
  • Not having much downtime 
  • Maneuvering a large and heavy vehicle 
  • Finding places to eat that might need to meet their dietary restrictions 
  • Traffic jams, detours, and road construction 
  • Other drivers and their errors 

Taking all of this into consideration, it is understandable that truck drivers tend to be tired, stressed, and even depressed. Regardless of their state of mind, they are still required to meet their deadlines while driving responsibly with additional care and precision. 

How Truck Drivers Can Prevent Accidents 

Even though a truck driver may need to meet a deadline, everyone needs a break. Studies have shown that people can get back to work and be even more effective after taking a break to rest their minds. It would be unreasonable for a truck driver to also never take breaks. At rest stops, hotels, and restaurants, it is important for truck drivers alike to: 

  • Stretch 
  • Call, FaceTime, or text friends and family 
  • Play a relaxing game on their phone 
  • Eat a balanced meal 
  • Take a nap 

While driving, Podcasts, Audiobooks, and new music are all good choices to stay awake and focused, presuming drivers can play audio without handling a phone as this could require taking their eyes off the road. 

How Other Drivers Can Prevent Accidents 

Often, truck accidents are caused by other drivers on the road. Sometimes, such accidents could have been prevented if other drivers were more careful. Even if you’re not driving a huge vehicle, always remember to: 

  • Be aware of your blind spots and those of others 
  • Allow trucks room to turn, brake, and change lanes 
  • Stay focused and refrain from distractions such as texting and eating 
  • Continue to be informed about accident prevention 
  • Look up exactly where you have to go and whether you may run into traffic 
  • Do not drive while emotional 
  • Keep your car well-maintained to avoid mechanical failures 

If An Accident Occurs 

If you are involved in a truck accident, you should always contact an attorney. You should not speak with an insurance company until you consult with an attorney because insurance companies may try to settle your claim for less than you deserve. If a family member passes away due to a trucking accident, you may also be able to recover in their place. 

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If you are injured in a truck accident, our experienced attorneys at O’Brien can help you receive compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (716) 907-7777 for a free consultation and we can discuss your possible remedies. 

Common Reasons Why Truck Accidents Occur 

Long vehicle overturned and lying in ditch on sideTruck accidents can oftentimes cause more damage that an accident involving two regular-sized vehicles.

Trucks are larger, heavier, and more difficult to handle.

While driving in or around such huge vehicles, drivers are required to take additional precautions and be even more careful as these accidents can be devastating. 

Truck Driver Negligence 

Truck drivers must obtain a special license to drive a commercial truck. This is because they have additional responsibilities for driving these vehicles. First of all, semi-truck drivers often have to meet deadlines which can lead to long hours on the road. Hours of driving on a highway can lead to boredom, distractions, and rushing to reach the destination on time.

Truck drivers must keep in mind that their vehicle can be life-threatening the second their attention wanders or they start getting tired. The constant driving and watching out for other cars can lead to stress, alcohol or drug abuse, and other medical problems. 

Car Driver Negligence 

Car drivers must keep in mind how difficult driving a truck is along with the stress, angst, and caution truck drivers must deal with on a daily basis. In fact, studies have shown that the majority of truck accidents have been caused by the car driver, as opposed to the truck driver. If you’re a car driver and you are driving near a truck, try to give them space, and if possible, avoid them.

If you want to change lanes in front of one, remember that because of how heavy trucks are, it will be harder for them to brake, so make sure you are a safe distance away. Many trucks have signs that state how if you can’t see their mirrors, then they cannot see you. If you must drive behind a truck, ensure that the truck driver can see you by making sure that you can see his or her mirrors. 

Poor Maintenance And Checks 

Commercial truck drivers are required to properly maintain their trucks by completing safety checks before driving one to make sure that all the important functions are working properly. Checking the brakes, wheels, trailer hitch, and engine, are parts of the truck that should be checked. If any of those components would stop working, it could cause an accident and even a pile-up on the highway. 

Poor Road Conditions 

Unpredicted and uncontrollable road conditions can also lead to a truck accident that could have been avoided in regular situations. Weather, badly paved roads, and road rage and driving of other drivers can cause a driver to lose control of his truck.  

  • Weather: Driving a truck during snow or rain can lead to losing traction and control. Once a truck driver no longer has control of his or her truck, it can be clearly problematic. 
  • Badly Paved Roads: If roads are uneven or have potholes or objects on them, it could lead for the truck driver to lose control or swerve out of the way. 
  • Other Drivers’ Attitudes and Driving: As stated above, the majority of truck accidents are caused by other cars. Whether they are stuck in traffic, trying to rush somewhere, or are careless about how difficult it is to drive a semi-truck, avoid such a conflict by keeping calm and informed while driving. 

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If you have been injured in a truck accident, you might be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys at O’Brien Law Firm will gladly review your case during a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us at  (716) 907-7777 as soon as you can. 

Commercial Truck Driving Consequences 

Blank poster ready truckPeople who drive large commercial trucks for companies are required to obtain special commercial licenses and they must also be more vigilant while driving such massive motor vehicles.

 

Large trucks have caused severe and fatal wrecks on the highway including pileups and freak accidents.

 

Each state has its own requirements to obtain a commercial license, but regardless of the requirements, truck drivers are held to a higher standard because of how deadly these vehicles can be.

Vicarious Liability

Companies that hire truck drivers need to make sure that they hire suitable drivers because, with vicarious liability, they can be held liable if one of their drivers is the cause of an accident. Companies need to conduct background checks on their drivers and make sure that they have the correct commercial licenses, especially when driving through interstate traffic.

If a company fails to act reasonably and negligently hires a poor driver, then an accident victim could not only sue the driver, but also the company that hired and provided a company truck to the driver.

Drivers’ Health Problems

Truck drivers are usually required to drive for long hours throughout the day and night. This can lead to many health risks such as:

Sleep Problems

Staying up for excessive hours while staying alert can lead to losing sleep while remaining strained. If a driver falls asleep at the wheel or doses off for a few seconds, it could lead to a severe accident; so many drivers will drink multiple cups of coffee to stay awake and alert. This interferes with drivers’ sleep cycles and forces them to stay awake for many more hours at a time than normal.

Depression

Driving alone on the road for many hours at a time can understandably become lonely. Trucks drivers will have to be away from their families and friends and spend a lot of time without human interaction.

Stress

Driving a regular car on a day-to-day basis can be stressful as it is, but truck drivers have added stress as they have to handle such a large vehicle, as well as know that they had added pressure to remain even more attentive to smaller cars. Commercial truck drivers know that this is their livelihoods, and they cannot afford to make a silly mistake on the road, as that could cost them their jobs.

Obesity

Being on the highway and away from home to meet deadlines will inevitably lead to eating at restaurants that will serve a quick meal so that drivers can get back on the road. Eating at restaurants is clearly not as healthy as eating at home, especially if a driver will want a fast meal and opt for a fast food joint.

Prevention

Although you cannot prevent driving on the road with another commercial truck around, there are ways that you can lessen your chances of an accident. If you see a truck, know that they have lowered visibility and cannot brake as quickly as a light-weight car. Try to stay away from their blind spots and be sure you have enough room when changing lanes in front of a truck. The best thing you can do is to be informed of the dangers of commercial trucks and be on high-alert when near one.

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If you or a close family member has been injured in a truck accident, O’Brien Law Firm can help. Contact our skilled attorneys today for a free, risk-free consultation to determine what your options are. Call (716) 907-7777 today so we can help you receive compensation.