It may be a surprise to some, but truck accidents tend to increase during the summer months. Some contributing factors include traffic congestion caused by more drivers on the roadways and an increase in road construction. Also, hot weather raises tire pressure, which can cause blowouts.
Trucking is an inherently dangerous industry. The sheer size of trucks pose special challenges. Commercial trucks, often referred to as 18-wheelers, can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Due to their size, commercial trucks have significant blind spots. All big rigs have blind spots in close proximity to the front, rear, and sides. These will vary, according to the particular truck design and dimensions.
In addition, improperly loaded cargo can cause a truck to be difficult to handle. During a turn, an unevenly balanced or unsecured load can cause the truck to overturn.
What Precautions Can Truck Drivers Take?
Causes of truck accidents can often be traced back to fatigued truck drivers. Also, many crashes involve tire failures. Tires that have not been properly maintained can impair maneuverability as worn tires can lose traction, and overinflated tires can blowout.
Precautions every truck driver should take include making sure the truck is in good working order. Preventive maintenance can help save on fuel costs and increase mileage.
Frequently check under the hood to view the condition of belts to make sure they are not frayed, damaged, or misaligned. Specifically verify the air conditioning system to be sure it is functional and operating efficiently.
Have a toolbox with essential equipment, such as tire pressure gauges. Keep an emergency road kit handy stocked with first aid supplies, flares, and other necessary items. Make sure to carry bottled water and healthful snacks. Have bedding and clothes suitable for summer.
How Can Car Drivers Stay Safe?
Drivers of other vehicles can cause or contribute to truck crashes. Distracted driving is a significant problem that can cause a driver to lose control and cause a crash. Tailgating can cause a driver to crash into the back of truck if it slows or stops unexpectedly. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs judgement and reaction time and can cause a driver to drive erratically.
All drivers should practice safe driving. While one cannot control other drivers, it is important to always drive responsibly. A driver can drive safely by doing the following:
- Following the rules of the road
- Practicing defensive driving
- Wearing a seat belt
- Honoring traffic signals and signs
- Following the posted speed limit
- Adjusting to inclement weather
- Avoiding distracted driving and drunk driving
Do I Need a Lawyer After a Truck Accident?
If a truck accident happens, speaking to a lawyer may be necessary. Truck accidents often lead to serious injuries, so victims should seek legal counsel in order to pursue all entitled compensation.
West Chester Truck Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Help Truck Accident Victims Get Compensation for Injuries and Financial Losses
Truck accidents increase during the summer months, so it is important to always practice safe driving. If you were recently involved in a truck accident, contact one of our experienced West Chester truck accident lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. today. Call us at 610-565-3701 or complete our online form for a free consultation. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.