Trucks drive on Stratford roadways and highways every day. In most cases, they pass through with no issue; however, in some cases, trucks can cause accidents. Truck accidents can do a lot of damage because of the size of these vehicles as well as the fact that they can carry hazardous material. On this page, we want to provide some tips to keep you safe on the roads and prevent a run-in with a truck. Unfortunately, even if you do everything right on the road, you can still be involved in a truck accident caused by another driver. Here, you can learn what to do if you find yourself in this situation.
Truck Accident Prevention
There are many ways to reduce your risk of having a negative run-in with a truck on the road. There are also a lot of ways that trucking companies and truck drivers can reduce their risk of causing an accident.
As the driver of a car, bike, or even just a pedestrian on the road, it is always a good idea to stay vigilant and focused on the road. Make sure that you follow the rules of the road and drive or walk defensively in an effort to notice an approaching truck and avoid it if it is swerving or if the driver does not seem like they are paying attention.
As a driver, make sure that your own vehicle is safe to drive. Keep up with vehicle maintenance and if you have to drive in difficult weather conditions, make sure that your vehicle can handle it. If you are walking along a roadway that has a lot of trucks present, walk as far away from the road as you can and wear reflective gear so that you are as visible as possible to the driver.
It is also a good idea to avoid drinking and driving or even walking and driving so that you can stay alert and prevent an accident.
If possible, consider avoiding roads such as highways that might have a high volume of trucks, or avoid driving during rush hour when there are many vehicles on the road.
Truck companies can also put measures in place to help prevent accidents involving trucks. Truck owners should ensure that their vehicles are well maintained and equipped to handle roadways. Truck companies should also have precautions in place to prevent exhaustion when driving. Truckers can drive for many hours at a time, and when they are fatigued, they are more likely to make mistakes. Truck companies should make sure that their drivers get proper rest to prevent fatigue-related accidents.
Truck companies should also have guidelines in place to prevent driving under the influence. Those with Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) have stricter regulations when it comes to operating a truck while under the influence, and trucking companies should make sure that the laws and guidelines are properly enforced.
These are just a few ways that the risk of truck accidents can be reduced. However, not all truck accidents are avoided, especially when another driver is at-fault for an accident. There is only so much that you can do to prevent an accident. If you are a victim of a truck accident, we are here to help. Contact us to speak with a Stratford truck accident lawyer today.