Truck accidents are a very serious issue that are responsible for numerous fatalities, injuries and accidents every year. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), there has been a 20% increase in trucking accidents over the last 20 years. This has led to over 4000 truck accident related deaths per year in the United States.
Truck accidents are much more dangerous than car accidents as trucks are in some cases 10 to 20 times bigger, longer and heavier than most vehicles, thus causing more damage than automobile crashes.
The Montana truck accident lawyers at Hoyt & Blewett understand that not everyone is perfect and mistakes are part of life. So we’ve written up a list of rules that we recommend all truck drivers follow so as to help avoid future accidents. And though these might seem simple, they are the causes of many road fatalities every year:
1) Truck Maintenance – Remember to get your truck routinely checked by a professional licenced mechanic to help prevent truck accidents. For example, make sure your tires are not under or over inflated, this can heavily increase the chances of your tires blowing out while driving which will in turn cause you to lose control of your truck. By just checking if your brakes, suspension and tires are functioning optimally, you are taking preventative measures that might save you from accidents.
2) Driving Discipline – Truck drivers should make sure to get suitable rest and sleep before heading out on long journeys. Driver fatigue is the cause of more than 55,000 accidents each year. With the National Transportation Safety Board ranking it as a primary cause for most trucking accidents. If you feel yourself getting fatigued, losing concentration or having the need to sleep, it would be best for you and every other vehicle around you to take a pit stop and rest before continuing on your journey.
3) Truck Loading – As mentioned earlier, improper loading is also a major factor for trucking accidents. If goods and supplies are not optimally placed onto trucks they can fall off during a truck’s journey, endangering the lives of those people driving their vehicles within a close proximity. It is also important to make sure that your truck’s cargo is in line with industry standards and regulations to avoid load imbalances.
4) Seatbelt Safety – For the personal safety of truck drivers, it is vital to always wear a seatbelt. This simple act could save your life and the lives of others. The likelihood of a vehicle accident causing death and injury decreases by 50% just by attaching your seatbelt securely. Men are also 10% less likely to wear a seat belt than women, something that should be noted since a majority of truck drivers are male.
The truck accident lawyers at Hoyt & Blewett PLLC have decades of experience handling cases involving all kinds of accidents. Our law firm has successfully represented many individuals who have been injured in truck accidents and we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
If you require legal assistance for yourself or a loved one, feel free to get in touch with our Montana truck accident attorneys and we can provide a free consultation.