Today’s truck operators have a very difficult job. The clock is always ticking and the load needs to be delivered. Still, it is a bad idea to let time dictate every action, since allowing this to happen often results in serious tractor trailer accidents. Great drivers can still arrive on time while observing safe operating practices. By planning ahead and always keeping safety in mind, drivers can do their part in reducing these wrecks.
Plan Ahead to Reduce Problems On the Road
One important way to reduce problems that can lead to dangerous big rig accidents is to plan ahead. Truckers should understand how to load their trailers so they are balanced. They must ensure that loading is done correctly and that cargo is properly secured. Before beginning their day on the road, a thorough safety inspection of the vehicle and cargo should be performed. If any problems are detected, they should be dealt with immediately.
It is also a good idea to inspect the surroundings when driving big rigs off the main highway. Whether parking, maneuvering in tight areas or backing up, checking out the area first will reduce the chance of getting stuck or damaging the truck or tires. All of these are things that could become time or safety concerns later. A few minutes spent ensuring that everything is the way it should be before hitting the highway is one of the best ways to prevent deadly 18-wheeler wrecks and wind up with much more than just a time delay.
Observe Common Sense Safety
Some of the worst tractor trailer accidents are caused by failure to observe simple safety rules, most of which are common sense. One of these rules is to always make sure there is a large enough buffer around the truck, even if others on the road are oblivious to this. Travel far enough behind other vehicles to allow enough stopping time and be sure to stay alert to what is on either side of the vehicle. Use extreme caution when switching lanes. Another big issue that truck operators must stay on top of is weather conditions. If it seems too risky to be on the road, pull over and wait.
Stay Healthy and Well Rested
Operating 18-wheelers is a demanding job for even the healthiest individuals. Above all, those who operate heavy vehicles should increase the safety of using their trucks by taking good care of themselves while on the job. Frequent rest stops to give the body a break are important, as is eating properly. Drivers should always get enough quality sleep as well, since fatigue is known to be one of the main causes of tractor trailer wrecks today. It is very easy to ignore things like a healthy diet and getting enough sleep; yet the risks associated with doing so are significant.
Combined with careful observance of posted speed limits and other required safety laws, those who operate trucks can reduce the chance of accidents with good planning, common sense and by taking care of themselves. Even though these tips may require a few extra minutes here and there, the payoff is well worth it. In the long run, avoiding tractor trailer wrecks by always practicing safe driving habits ensures that both driver and cargo get there on time - and alive!
Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP
Robert W. Hildebrand, Attorney at Law
J. Daniel Wilson, Attorney at Law
7830 Broadway, Suite 122
Pearland TX 77581
Phone: (281) 408-2190