Truck drivers have to be vigilant to keep others safe

The highways are dangerous no matter who's on the roads, but truck drivers are particularly hazardous to others. The vehicles are large, and if they crash, they may take up several lanes of traffic or crush other vehicles.

Truck drivers can take steps to keep others safer on the roads. Failing to take these steps could show negligence, which allows others to file a claim for compensation. Here are a few example of things drivers can do to protect the public.

1. Keep your truck well maintained

A well-maintained truck makes a difference. Have the vehicle inspected regularly to make sure the tires and parts are working correctly. This prevents the vehicle from breaking down unexpectedly and from crashing due to mechanical errors.

2. Know your limits in poor weather

Trucks are also dangerous in poor weather. Although Kentucky gets few snowy or icy days each year, the potential for high winds is present. A box truck or semi could be pushed over or off the highway if winds are too high, so drivers need to be aware of their limits.

3. Stay awake and well-rested

Finally, drivers need to stay awake and well-rested at all times. There are federal regulations that require breaks for commercial drivers. Failing to take breaks is against federal law, so all drivers need to stop, rest, eat and sleep regularly to prevent accidents and stay in line with the laws.

Truck drivers need to do their best to keep others safe. If you're hurt by a driver, remember that you can file an insurance claim. Our site has more on what you can do after an accident.

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