Due to their size and weight, commercial trucks can cause devastating accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, crashes involving large trucks killed 3,903 people and injured 111,000 in 2014.
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What Is “Inadequate Evasive Action?”
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, inadequate evasive action refers to a situation in which a driver does not execute an evasive maneuver effectively, and this causes an accident. Evasive maneuvers require the appropriate steering and braking.
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According to the FMCSA, a 2005 study found that 14 percent of safety-critical events occurred when truckers failed to execute adequate evasive action. Drivers who do not slow down when approaching backed-up traffic or who react inappropriately to hazards in the road are guilty of inadequate evasive action.
Tips to Improve Your Evasive Action
The FMCSA reminds truckers to focus their attention 15 seconds ahead when driving on the interstate. Also, they should observe other vehicles’ brake lights so they immediately know when traffic is slowing.
It takes just a fraction of a second for your brain to send a signal to your foot to hit the brake, but in that time, you could travel 60 feet. By looking ahead and observing brake lights, you will be more likely to stop in time to avoid a rear-end collision.
Truckers can also avoid accidents by scanning the road for potential hazards. Every commercial driver should undergo training to anticipate hazards and respond appropriately. As the FMCSA explains, knowing potential dangers before they arise will make you better prepared to execute appropriate evasive actions.
Other Tips to Help Commercial Truckers Avoid Accidents
Although there are countless safety measures a trucker can take to avoid a collision, these tips are particularly effective for preventing most types of accidents:
- Reduce your speed and extend your following distance in poor weather conditions;
- Keep up with routine maintenance;
- Survey surrounding traffic every 15 seconds so you know if vehicles are in your blind spots;
- Reduce your speed when approaching curves in the road, on-ramps and off-ramps;
- Make sure your tires have adequate tread and pressure;
- Wear your seatbelt whenever the vehicle is in motion;
- And turn on your headlights when driving at dusk or dawn, at night or in adverse weather.
If you were injured in a truck crash in Alabama due to another driver’s negligence, contact a Montgomery personal-injury attorney from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal-injury lawyers.