Big rigs may be challenging to drive, but it is possible to drive them safely. Just ask Mr. Powell, a Griffith, Illinois, truck driver who has driven trucks for 40 years and has never been in a truck accident. The driver recently received a Four Million Mile Award for driving that far without a single accident.
"I was only doing what I'm supposed to do," he said. He added that he believes being a safe truck driver means keeping aware of road conditions, including weather and traffic conditions.
Mr. Powell's story is heartening, especially to personal injury attorneys who see countless truck accident victims come in their doors. We congratulate Mr. Powell on his driving record and hope to hear more success stories from other truck drivers.
The Effects of Safe Truck Driving
Because of the sheer size and weight of their trucks, truck drivers must drive with other vehicles in mind, be cautious of cars in their blind spots and pay attention to road conditions. Even though car drivers are blamed for many truck accidents, truck drivers can and should take steps to prevent the accidents.
This includes following the laws of the road. A 2011 study by the American Transportation Research Institute found that truck driving behavior was a very strong indicator of future truck accidents. Behavior that led to a greater chance for future truck accidents included:
- Failure to signal turns
- Previous truck accidents
- Improper turns
- Erratic lane changes
- Failure to obey traffic signs
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
Truck driver fatigue is also an issue, causing more than eight percent of truck accidents.
By staying alert, paying attention to passing traffic and taking the time to understand road conditions, truck drivers can, and do, make our roads safer.
When, on the other hand, they put safety second to texting, do not get enough sleep or simply drive poorly, they must be held accountable for the injuries they cause.
Learn more about truck accident lawsuits by visiting our pages on truck accidents in Chicago.
Source: Griffith Community.com, "Truck driver reaches four million miles without an accident," Kimberly Cheek-Stanley, Oct. 26, 2012