As many Ohio drivers are aware, many trucks use the nation’s roadways every day to transport goods. In fact, it is estimated that 2 million semi-trucks help move products and supplies each year. Due to the sheer number of trucks on the road, accidents involving these commercial vehicles do occur. However, there are ways that trucking firms can help reduce the number of accidents.
Firms that are responsible for hiring truckers should provide training that covers safe driving practices. This includes training drivers for different road conditions and how to safely load and unload freight. Having a basic understanding of state laws could also help ensure that the truckers are aware of their legal rights and their legal responsibilities. When truckers are completing lengthy road trips, employers should encourage drivers to take breaks. This can give the truckers a chance to give their minds a rest.
When it comes to ensuring that truckers are following safe driving practices, monitoring or surveillance applications could potentially be used to help drivers improve. The applications often report stop times, idle time and seat belt use. Finally, all trucks should be inspected for safety to prevent accidents caused by vehicle malfunctions.
Truck accidents that involve passenger vehicles are likely to leave the vehicle occupants with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. This is due to the truck’s weight, especially if the truck was hauling cargo at the time of the incident. If there is evidence that the truck driver was distracted or drowsy when the accident occurred, truck accident injury lawyers may be able to hold the truck driver and the firm that hired the driver liable for damages. The attorney might work directly with the other party to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages associated with the accident.