If you are a commercial driver of a large truck, any mistake that you make has the capacity to have a more devastating effect than a driver of a passenger vehicle can inflict. This is why you are held to a higher standard when it comes to having alcohol or drugs in your system when driving.
If you want to do what you can to improve your safety as a commercial truck driver to avoid being blamed for an accident, the following key safety tips can make a marked difference.
Maintain your vehicle
Many drivers and trucking companies simply do not place enough emphasis on maintaining vehicles to maximum safety standards. This is often because the priority is on delivery deadlines and short-term profits. Maintaining a vehicle can reduce the likelihood of disastrous wheel punctures or shifting, unbalanced loads that can potentially lead to rollovers.
Exercise your right to be well-rested
Truck drivers are incredibly important to the logistical functioning of American services. Therefore, deadlines can be tight and the pressure to meet them high. However, when truck drivers are overworked, they can experience fatigue that can lead to tragic collisions. It is important that you exercise your right to demand rest for the sake of road safety.
Be cautious around work zones
One of the most dangerous areas for truck drivers is work zones. It is important that you slow down and are especially vigilant in these sections of the road.
If you are a truck driver involved in a collision, it is important to take action and hold the responsible party accountable.