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Driving Tips for Truckers to Avoid Accidents

Miami Truck Accident Attorney Provides Driving Tips for Truckers

Truck drivers are held to a higher standard of care on the road.  Because of the greater risks, truck drivers are held to a stricter legal standard than other motorists.  This means it is important that a trucker have an attorney who understands the legal “weak spots” in the defense of a truck driving accident.  An experienced truck accident attorney will be knowledgeable about what kinds of information and documentation to demand in pre-trial proceedings.

If you are involved in an accident, you will also want an attorney who is available when you need him.  Our senior attorneys provide their personal cell phones so that you can call 24/7.

Harris Gilbert   786-371-4431 Cell Phone  24/7

Andrew Smallman   954-661-7371  Cell Phone 24/7

Road Safe America provides a list of the most critical safety tips for truck drivers:

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Truck Driver Safety Tips

Truckers: Consider these safety practices when you’re out on the road.
PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Get plenty of rest before driving. Eat well and stay fit. Driver fatigue and lack of attention can significantly increase your risk of a crash. Hours of service violations are serious and can threaten your livelihood or even your life. Stay healthy and well rested, or don’t drive!
PLEASE SLOW DOWN IN WORK ZONES
Watch out for highway construction. Stay alert. Almost one-third of work zone fatal crashes involved large trucks. Most of these crashes occurred during the day. Take your time going through work zones. Give yourself plenty of room, and expect the unexpected.
BE AWARE OF YOUR “NO-ZONE”
Other drivers may not be aware of the size of your blind spots. One-third of all crashes between large trucks and cars take place in the No-Zone areas around a truck. Adjust your mirrors and be vigilant in watching out for vehicles in the No-Zone.
ALWAYS KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Always leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. In rear-end collisions, regardless of the situation, if you hit someone from behind, you are considered “at fault.” Large trucks, given their mass, have much greater stopping distances than 4-wheelers. Take advantage of your driving height, and anticipate hard braking situations.
ALWAYS MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE
It can save your life. Inspect your vehicle before each trip, and check your brakes regularly. Brake defects are the most frequently cited out-of-service inspection violation. Learn how to inspect your brakes, identify safety defects, and get them repaired before risking your life, and others, on the highway.
ALWAYS DRIVE DEFENSIVELY
Avoid aggressive drivers and maintain a safe speed. Two-thirds of all traffic fatalities may be caused by aggressive driving behaviors. Keep your distance and maintain a safe speed. The only thing excessive speed increases is your chance for a crash.
PLEASE FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT
Buckle up for safety and vehicle control. If you are in a crash, a seat belt will save your life and that of others. It will keep you in your seat and allow for you to maintain control of your truck. Increasing seat belt use is still the single most effective thing we can do to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways.
ALWAYS WORK TO IMPROVE HIGHWAY SAFETY
On the highway, and through safety promotional events, be the professional! Help stranded motorists. Notify traffic safety agencies of crashes, unsafe drivers, unsafe roadway conditions, and other situations that can lead to crashes. Join a “Highway Watch” program, if available in your state. Your participation in public safety events and your performance on the highway can change public perception!

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3 thoughts on “Driving Tips for Truckers to Avoid Accidents”

  1. Thank you for sharing these safety tips for driving truck. I'm new to trucking industry and I can surely use these tips as my guide whenever I'm going to drive a truck. Please keep on sharing!

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