Truck drivers are working harder than ever at the moment. Many are driving long hours across the Georgia roads and interstate highways, day after day, to keep us supplied with food. As a car driver, you need to take extra care to watch out for trucks causing an accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a new set of truck driver safety tips. It has recommendations for drivers and owners of trucking firms. It is designed to stick on the visor to remind the truck driver to drive safely.
Truck drivers can reduce accidents if they:
- Reduce distractions
- Stick to the speed limits
- Take breaks and don’t drive when ill
- Don’t drink and drive or take drugs
Trucking companies can improve safety by:
- Putting a fatigue management program in place
- Buying trucks with advanced safety technology and making sure drivers know how to use it
- Putting policies in place to ensure drivers are medically fit to drive
Make sure you give trucks as much distance as possible when you are out on Georgia’s roads right now. There is a high chance that drivers are tired and overworked and have not had time to maintain their vehicles.
If, despite your caution, you are involved in an accident with a truck, seek legal help. You may well suffer personal injuries as well as damage to your car. It is essential to discover if the truck driver and trucking company were ignoring safety guidelines.