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How can the trucking industry help to reduce accidents?

On Behalf of | Oct 12, 2021 | Auto Accident, Trucking Accidents

When it comes to large truck accidents, sometimes the largest portion of the blame lies with the trucking companies. They often push drivers to the extreme, leaving them in situations that are dangerous and have a high potential to lead to accidents.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overworking drivers is a serious issue that often leads to truck accidents where the blame lies with the trucking company. Other issues companies may cause include inadequate training and tight schedules. There are many ways trucking companies can practice better care of drivers to help reduce the potential for accident situations.

Safety training and practices

Trucking companies should ensure all drivers receive routine and regular safety training. Companies also should create a company culture where safety comes first. Requiring seatbelt usage, maintaining safety logs and rewarding safe behavior can all help to create this culture that makes drivers focus on safe practices.

Reasonable scheduling

Trucking companies cannot continue to overschedule their drivers. They need to assess routes to ensure a driver can properly abide by industry regulations without having to rush to get the delivery made on time. In addition, companies should not load drivers down with too much to do that would force them to use unsafe practices, such as skipping steps to properly secure their loads or cheating on mandatory break periods.

When a company puts safety first, it is beneficial for everyone. If more trucking companies were operating by such high standards, it could greatly reduce the number of truck accidents and keep you safer on the roads you share with large trucks.