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. 

Contact Us 

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. 

Contact Us 

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.