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Truckers should prepare for their drive to prevent distraction

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2020 | Personal Injury Law |

Large trucks are everywhere on the road in Florida, and they pose many dangers to you as a driver. The truck driver can make the vehicle even more dangerous by doing things behind the wheel that distract their focus from the road. Truck drivers have an obligation to all other drivers to plan ahead and increase the amount of attention that they pay to the road when operating their large rigs.

Drivers are in their trucks for long periods of time and face pressing deadlines for delivery of their goods. As a result, many end up trying to multi-task behind the wheel. This can be dangerous. For example, when a driver eats, they must take their hands off the wheel to unwrap their food and even to put their straw in the cup. These are things that drivers can do ahead of time to increase their focus. Similarly, drivers should take an inventory of everything they might have to do while driving and take as many steps as possible beforehand to make the tasks easier.

It is up to the trucking companies to set a company-wide culture of safety. For example, they should not demand that drivers call them from the road or take any other action that would undermine the message of paying the maximum amount of attention to the road at all times.

If you have been injured in an accident with a truck, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. When a truck driver was distracted before an accident, it increases the chance that they were negligent and would be found responsible for the accident. A personal injury attorney may help you begin the process of filing a claim to receive payment for your injuries. You might hold the trucking company responsible for your harm.