Residents of New Mexico may be interested the ways that a trucker can reduce the possibility of an accident. What are some of the causes of these catastrophic events on the highway?

Some common causes

No trucker wants to get into an accident. According to ATBS, some common causes of trucking accidents include:

  • Fatigue
  • Speeding
  • Weather
  • Unfamiliar roads
  • Truck maintenance
  • Driver health

Speed and trucking

Speeding is the second cause of all accidents on the road, only second to drivers who are distracted. No matter what the deadline or business considerations, safe speeds should be first on the list of things to do to avoid an accident. Driving safely allows more time to stop as well as decreases fuel consumption.

The weather

Although “everyone talks about the weather and nobody does anything about it,” truckers can do something about the weather and accidents. Driving carefully and being prepared to stop in an instant are essential. Being fatigues increases the likelihood of an accident. In all weather, truckers should rest when tired, even if time is left on the clock.

Inspect the truck

Inspections should be made both before and after a trip. Brakes, tires, fluid levels and mirrors need to be checked.

Truck accidents can be catastrophic and devastating to those who have been injured in this type of crash. An experienced attorney versed in legal protection for truck and car crashes may be your ally. They can find out if the policies of the trucking company were responsible and be an advocate for you. In fact, any type of major vehicle accident that is the result of negligence or recklessness will benefit from the right law firm.