8 Driving Tips for Truck Drivers
How to Drive a Truck Safely Out on the Road
Due to the immense pressure a truck driver is under to meet delivery deadlines, the potential for mistakes and negligent driving can exponentially increase. A truck driver who is found in violation of California’s safety regulations and causes an accident may be liable to an injured driver for their losses.
The majority of all truck accidents are caused by a truck driver who was not using reasonable care while driving or who was in violation of safety regulations. Below, our experienced truck accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will discuss several important recommendations for safely driving a commercial truck.
Top Safe Driving Tips for Commercial Truck Drivers
Avoid heavy traffic. If possible, try to avoid driving during peak traffic hours. It goes without saying that anytime there is more traffic, especially during rush hour, the likelihood of an accident significantly goes up.
Check out the weather beforehand. It’s a good idea to know what weather conditions will be like before hitting the road. It is recommended to frequently check weather reports as you are on the road, as well. That way you will be more prepared for poor weather conditions and can plan ahead.
Use more caution when driving at night. Driving at night requires extra care, especially while driving on more challenging roads. When in doubt, move slowly, be aware of your surroundings, and exercise extra caution.
Allow for extra space in front of your truck. The temptation to step on the gas is real, but please leave extra room in front of your truck. This cushion of space will help protect you and will keep you out of unnecessary danger. You’ll also have more time and space to react to any hazards. The more space you have to maneuver, the safer you’ll be in the event of a sudden change in road conditions or an unexpected emergency.
Use your GPS. This technology makes things easier for you by showing you exactly which exits to take, how close you are to an exit, as well as any changes in traffic conditions.
Watch your speed. We cannot stress this enough. Commercial trucks are slower to react and need much more space to maneuver. Make sure you take turns and ramps nice and slow. Don’t worry about any cars behind you pressuring you to move faster. Safety is more important.
Don’t change lanes so often. Your truck has huge blind spots. Changing lanes is not your truck’s best friend. Let other drivers change lanes as much as they want, but you should choose a lane and stay there. Lane changes are necessary, but do so carefully. Be mindful of your truck’s blind spots and use your mirrors.
Take care of yourself and your truck. The pressure to meet a deadline is real, but you need to stop and take breaks as necessary. Your well-being is important. It’s a good idea to get some air, move your legs, and get some food. Also, your truck could use some love, too. Make sure your load is properly secured and remember to check your tires and fluids.
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
Contact Us to Find Out How We Can Help
If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a truck accident, an attorney at our firm can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call West Coast Trial Lawyers today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.