The men and women who drive semitrailers and large commercial trucks have the responsibility of operating these vehicles as safe as reasonably possible. In addition to knowing the rules of the road and following safety requirements, truckers must also avoid operating their trucks while excessively tired. Fatigued truckers are more likely to be in an accident, and they are a safety risk for every motorist on New York roads.
Lowering the chance of an accident
Drowsy driving is dangerous, especially when the driver is the behind the wheel of a vehicle that is significantly larger and heavier that others on the road. Because of the long hours truckers spend on the road, they are especially susceptible to driving while tired. To lower the chance of an accident, truckers may want to do the following:
- Communicate with bosses and teammates when feeling too fatigued to safely drive.
- Take advantage of new technologies, such lane-assist system or lane-departure warnings, to warn truckers when swerving or driving dangerously.
- Stick to schedules set by the trucking company and take regular breaks. Adhere to regulations pertaining to drive times and required rest times.
Every trucker is responsible for knowing when he or she is too tired to drive safely. Trucking companies are also responsible for encouraging safe driving and requiring their drivers to follow safety regulations.
Truck accident victims
Those hurt in truck accidents in New York have legal options. The civil justice system provides a way for some victims to pursue compensation for their losses. Seeking restitution through a legal claim allows those harmed by the actions or negligence of others to recoup losses and move forward after a traumatic event.