Being involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle could have tragic consequences for passenger vehicle occupants. Truck drivers in Michigan play a significant role in the number of car vs. truck accidents. However, passenger car drivers are sometimes at fault if they don’t consider the challenges truckers face with blind spots and longer distances to come to a halt.
Safety authorities list the following safety tips that truck operators can include in their mitigation of dangers:
- Identifying dangerous road conditions and vigilance to notice when passenger vehicle drivers move into their blind spots.
- Use signals like brake lights and turn indicators to alert other drivers of intentions to stop or make a turn.
- Use reflective triangles, flares and hazard flashers to warn others when the truck is stationary on the shoulder of the road.
- Never embark on a trip without having a pre-trip inspection of the truck, including the mechanics, tires and brakes.
- Ensure the cargo load is balanced and secured to prevent it from shifting or loss to endanger other drivers.
- The long hours behind the wheel cause fatigue, and if truckers do not get enough rest, drowsy driving can put them and other vehicle operators at risk.
- Avoid taking prescription or over-the-counter medication that could make them dizzy or drowsy.
- Avoid distractions of any kind, including mobile phones, food and drinks.
- Maintain safe following distances to prevent rear-end accidents.
The sheer size difference between big rigs and cars typically causes severe injuries to automobile occupants in car vs. truck accidents. If negligence on the truck operator’s part can be established, those who were injured could file personal injury claims in a Michigan civil court. Documented claims for adjudication by the court could include both financial and other losses and damages incurred.