In traffic accidents that involve trucks, the size and power of these vehicles can have serious consequences.
Fortunately, there are safety guidelines and regulations that aim to improve trucking and reduce the number of collisions. By following these rules, truck drivers and their employers can help keep truckers and other motorists safe.
To be a commercial truck driver in Oklahoma, you must obtain a commercial driver’s license of the appropriate class. Drivers who transport hazardous materials or double-trailer trucks need additional licensure. A driver must pass a written test and a road skills evaluation to get a commercial driver’s license in Oklahoma. Truckers need to meet certain physical requirements regarding hearing, vision and overall health. Finally, commercial drivers must undergo drug and alcohol testing.
When truckers cause accidents, it is often due to overwork or unreasonable expectations. Therefore, companies employing commercial drivers should avoid creating policies that encourage speeding and long periods of consecutive driving. Furthermore, truckers must not drive if they are drowsy or unable to focus.
Large trucks such as tractor-trailers need regular maintenance and inspection to ensure they are safe for the road. Trucking companies should keep records of their maintenance practices. It is also important to change the oil and fluids, inspect the brakes and maintain the tires to avoid issues. Furthermore, the truck’s cabin should be safe for the driver and include functioning seat belts and an emergency kit.
Truckers and other commercial drivers play a crucial role in transporting goods, materials and people. All motorists, including truck drivers, should follow safety regulations and help prevent dangerous traffic accidents.