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Strategies that may reduce truck accidents

Trucking is vital to keeping the economy moving but comes with significant risks. In 2021, half a million heavy truck accidents were reported across the United States. Meanwhile, Texas had the most truck accidents in 2022, recording more than 19,000 truck-related accidents.

Best practices for enhanced road safety

Large trucks on the road can cause more severe accidents, impacting lives. Fortunately, there are practical steps that both drivers and companies can take to make the roads safer for everyone.

  • Regular maintenance and inspections: Check brakes, tires, lights and other essential parts regularly to ensure the truck is in optimal condition.
  • Driver training and education: Continuous training for truck drivers on defensive driving techniques and safety regulations can significantly reduce accidents.
  • Avoiding driver fatigue: Follow hours-of-service regulations and encourage drivers to take regular breaks and get enough rest.
  • Proper cargo loading: Distribute and secure the cargo evenly to maintain stability and control.
  • Adhere to the speed limit: Drive within the speed limit and adjust your speed based on road conditions, traffic and weather.
  • Maintaining a safe distance: Keep a safe following distance from other vehicles and allow extra space for braking, especially in bad weather conditions.
  • Effective communication: Use signal lights and indicators to communicate intentions to other road users.
  • Avoiding distractions: Drivers should avoid using electronic devices while driving to stay focused on the road.

It also pays to invest in technology and utilize advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and telematics to monitor real-time driver behavior and vehicle performance. Truck drivers can also plan routes to avoid congested areas.

Proactive steps after a truck accident

In case of a truck accident, stay calm and ensure everyone’s safety. Call 911, move to a safe location, document the scene and exchange information with other parties. If you are eligible for compensation, you may want help from a legal professional to increase your chances of a fair settlement.