Big rigs are a common sight on California roadways. They are the transportation method of choice in a broad range of industries from produce and grocery items to oil and home goods. As a result, there are more tractor trailers hauling loads at any given time than ever before.
While many truckers in California do their best to maintain a driving record that is free of accidents or traffic violations, sometimes human error can get the best of anyone and require them to reassess their commitment to driving safely. Many trucking companies require that their drivers maintain a record that is relatively clear of major infractions by conducting background checks and requiring that they maintain a log of their travels.
If you spend your time driving a big rig across California, chances are you spend a majority of your time sitting, sedentary. As such, you may be concerned about your ability to maintain your health and healthy habits. At E&E Law Group, we are aware of the challenges that truckers face as a result of their job.
Driving a truck in California exposes you to many risks that are unique to the industry you are a part of. Learning how to operate a big rig takes time and training. Over time, the experiences you have will give you increased confidence as you learn how to navigate hazards and plan for the unexpected dangers that can sometimes happen while you are driving. Jackknifing, for example, can be incredibly dangerous, especially if you are unprepared with a plan for how you will react.
There has always been a concern that the older people get, the less able they are to drive safely. Elderly drivers are all over California roadways. Many may not be equipped to drive without getting into an accident or a near accident. There are many reasons why older adults may be more dangerous behind the wheel.
Who has not started to feel a little drowsy after several hours behind the wheel? When most drivers start to become fatigued, they can pull off the road and get some rest. Unfortunately, that may not be an option for truckers who are expected to meet delivery deadlines. Yet no one wants the truck drivers traveling in and around Van Nuys to literally be falling asleep at the wheel (indeed, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration lists fatigue as being one of the 10 most common causes of truck accidents). How, then, are drivers to balance the need to do their jobs while still remaining attentive and alert at all times?
There are many things that cause truck accidents on California roadways. However, one cause of accidents is often overlooked. People are usually quick to point to driver error or equipment malfunction, but sometimes the cause is more serious. A driver's health may be to blame. It is important not to ignore the seriousness of this issue.
Truckers face a unique set of risks each day when they get on the road in California and drive for hundreds of miles at a time. Understanding how to mitigate these risks and work around common hazards is crucial to a truck drivers' abilities to keep themselves and other motorists safe.
You have recently secured a job as a truck driver in California and are excited about the many benefits you now have access to. Among them, you are looking forward to exploring new places, observing new scenery and gaining valuable skills that will help you in other areas of your life outside of work. However, you are concerned about your ability to stay healthy and active when your job requires you to sit in the driver's seat of a big truck for extended periods of time. Fortunately, there are things you can do to avoid becoming unhealthy and overweight despite the fact you are a truck driver.
When people are driving around big rigs, they should use extra caution and maintain a longer distance between them and the truck than they normally would with another, smaller vehicle. In addition, it is critical that they understand that larger trucks take longer to stop and have significant blind spots that can greatly obstruct their visibility of smaller objects or hazards on the road in California. Of course, there are times when avoiding an accident is inevitable, but often people can prevent tragedy by simply driving responsibly and respectfully.