People 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.