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Tips for trucking safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers tips to help keep commercial drivers safe on the road. At The Law Offices of Scott N. Bergman, we take trucking safety seriously. We often work with injured parties in the aftermath of accidents involving semitrucks and recommend the FMCSA's approach to avoiding such mishaps.

The FMCSA advises drivers to maintain their vehicles well. Since worn tires and faulty brakes can easily cause semitrucks to careen out of control, having both checked on a consistent schedule can ward off the potential for sliding unnecessarily. Should your truck lose traction on an icy highway or wet side street, keeping heavy loads securely balanced also decreases the chance of rolling over.

Additional tips from the FMCSA include the recommendation to buckle up not once, not twice and not occasionally. The administration advises using the seat belt every time you get in your semitruck. While maintaining brakes and tires can potentially keep you in control of your vehicle, safety belts can protect you when the uncontrollable catches you off guard. In the U.S., 30 percent of truck drivers found themselves ejected in 2014 crashes that involved fatalities. If an accident becomes unavoidable, as mishaps sometimes do, you do not want to be caught without your seat belt. It could potentially save your life. 

Finally, practice defensive driving. Awareness is half the battle when proactively engaging on the road. Pay attention to highway conditions, work zones, speed limits and traffic patterns. Be mindful of the smaller cars that share the streets with you, and check your rearview mirrors consistently so you know where others are at all times. 

Following the FMCSA's tips for trucking safety may not prevent every accident, but it provides strategy for minimizing risks on the highway. For more information on accidents involving commercial trucks, visit our webpage.

 

 

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