Accidents involving large trucks and passenger vehicles happen regularly on California roadways. When such accidents occur, they are usually worse on the smaller vehicle and its occupants. While you have no choice but to share the road with larger vehicles, it can help to gain an understanding about the type of accidents that happen and how often they occur.
Many California trucking companies prioritize the safety and training of their drivers to encourage responsible operation of each truck in their fleet. Often, stringent protocols are put into place, trucking logs are required and active endeavors are made to educate employees about the importance of following the rules of the road. However, there are times when distraction, poor judgment, fatigue and even weather hazards can play a role in creating danger that results in an accident.
The deadly nature of large truck crashes in California has safety experts, lawmakers and innovators constantly looking for ways to make the roadways safer from the hazards inherent in these vehicles. According to Ars Technica, Tesla may be able to eliminate many of the most common threats to safety with its electric semitruck.
When you work as a truck driver, you are subject to additional road laws and requirements than someone who is just driving on California roadways in a personal vehicle. There are many reasons for this, but above all else, it is for your safety and the safety of everyone else sharing the road with you. One of the most important rules you must abide are the hours of service regulations, as explained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The law requires truckers in California to inspect their vehicles at the beginning of every trip. According to BigRoad.com, there is not a set amount of time that the driver should spend on the pre-trip inspection, but if the guidelines are followed, it will typically take between 30 and 50 minutes. Because there are laws that limit truckers to 14-hour workdays, that hour spent in place can be costly, particularly for those who are paid by the mile rather than by the amount of time spent working.
Crashes involving a large truck occur for various reasons, from a truck company's negligent failure to maintain their vehicles properly to alcohol use behind the wheel. However, fatigue is another major reason why large truck crashes keep happening in California and across the country. It is particularly important for large truck drivers to understand the dangers associated with fatigue and take steps to address fatigue. Moreover, if a driver does not feel that he or she is capable of driving safely because they are tired, they should never push themselves to drive while fatigued.
The importance of driving safely around large trucks on the California highways cannot be overstated. Many people in passenger vehicles are unaware that they must take extra steps to keep from causing a collision, though.
Trucking companies in California have a responsibility to maintain their trucks' components, from the front bumper of the tractor to the back of the trailer. That includes all the tires in between, as well as the various engine parts, connectors and brakes.
A truck driver's health may affect how well he or she performs on the road. In fact, according to a study published in Science Daily, truckers with certain medical conditions have a much higher crash risk. These include conditions that are unfortunately common due to the sedentary lifestyle, such as heart disease, back pain and diabetes.
As you may be well aware, truckers in California face a variety of risks associated with operating a vehicle that is large and heavy. Risks related to user error, inclement weather, driver distraction and environmental conditions can create dangerous situations if not navigated cautiously. However, your efforts to educate your employees on proper safety practices can encourage your workforce to use responsibility, care and vigilance when operating their vehicles. With your encouragement and efforts to provide consistent reminders of required protocols, you may be able to prevent unnecessary accidents within your workforce.