Preventing Truck Accidents

According to reports, 1.2 million people die from road accidents every year. Because motorists share the same roads as commercial truck drivers, when these vehicles collide severe injuries and damages are to be expected. The sad part of these truck accidents is that they can be easily prevented with proper and defensive driving practices. This means always being aware of your surroundings while driving and working to mitigate dangerous situations before they become true hazards.

According to the website of Pohl Berk, distracted driving is among the leading causes of road accidents. A distracted driver is someone whose attention to the road and to driving the vehicle is diverted, often to answer the phone, text, to eat, or to do other things. Based on reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 80 percent of fatal road accidents and 65 percent of near-accidents involve distracted driving. This means that 80 percent of accidents that ended in fatalities could have possibly been prevented if all drivers had been paying more attention to the road. It only takes three seconds of distraction to cause a major accident. Because of this, law enforcements have been prompted to strongly pursue and ticket distracted drivers.

Being a commercial truck driver, this new policy can be hard to keep up with, particularly with the long hours of work (which can cause stress, fatigue, and sleepiness), and the needed constant communication with the headquarters. Truck drivers carry a lot of burden, which is why to help combat this problem the use of Bluetooth devices have been endorsed. Devices such as the Bluetooth headset help in keeping the truck drivers attention on the road while answering any communication calls.

Bluetooth technology works by having wireless devices communicate through short-range. This wireless technology enables hands-free headsets, a very beneficial innovation for truck drivers who uses hand-held radios for communication. With a Bluetooth headset, drivers can keep both hands (and their attention) on the road while answering calls.

The Williams Kherkher Lawyers advise that defensive driving is always very important when motorists are on the road, however, responsible driving (such as avoiding alcohol or distractions) are just as important. Driving like a professional can really save lives, if not yours. Road safety has been a major concern for a very long time, and it’s about time everyone takes responsibility in their driving.