Truck 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:
- 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.
Contact Us Today
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.