Although safe driving etiquette is important for all drivers, it is particularly so for commercial motor vehicle operators. Tractor-trailers are much larger and heavier than other cars, and even a fleeting distraction can cause a serious accident.
Commercial motor vehicle drivers spend a lot of time on the country’s busiest roads. As such, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides comprehensive guidelines on how CMV drivers can stay safe and avoid accidents.
If you were in an accident with a commercial vehicle, call Morris Bart, LLC. A Mobile personal-injury lawyer from our practice can examine your crash and determine if you may have valid grounds for a claim. As an innocent victim, you may be eligible for compensation to pay for lost wages, health-care bills and other losses.
Call us at 1-888-996-7971 to schedule an appointment. If you are a commercial vehicle driver, keep the following safety tips in mind to avoid accidents and injuries:
- Buckle Up
According to FMCSA, seat belts are the most important safety feature in a vehicle. This harness will protect you in the event of a sudden stop or accident, and will prevent the force of the collision from throwing you out of the cab.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, safety belts save more than 12,000 lives on American roads each year. Still, many commercial vehicle operators become complacent and do not wear them. As a commercial driver, you should always buckle up to ensure your safety and to avoid traffic citations that could jeopardize your career.
- Reduce Speed According to Conditions
According to FMCSA, if you drive faster than a speed that is reasonable for safe operation of your vehicle, then you are driving too fast for the conditions. As a driver of a CMV, it is important to reduce your speed in rain, snow, hail, dense fog and high wind. You should also be wary in construction zones and heavy traffic. Up to 23 percent of truck accidents happen because drivers are going too fast for the conditions.
- Familiarize Yourself with the Route
CMV drivers often travel to new and unfamiliar areas. Drivers who get lost and attempt to read a map or GPS while driving are at a higher risk of causing a crash. To minimize this risk, you should learn the best route to your destination before your trip begins. If possible, use an automated, hands-free system to guide you to your destination.
- Stop Driving When You Feel Fatigued
Fatigue is a leading cause of vehicle accidents. The long hours that many CMV drivers work put them at an increased risk of driver fatigue and collisions. FMCSA recommends taking regular breaks, eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep the night before drivers begin their trips.
If you were in a crash with a negligent driver, call Morris Bart, LLC for assistance. A Mobile personal-injury attorney from our firm can guide you through the claims process and help you avoid mistakes that could compromise your lawsuit. Call us today at 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.