Safety Tips for Truck Drivers Traveling Through New Mexico
At the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane, P.A., our truck accident attorneys in Las Cruces hope our Dona Ana County residents never need us. We hope their families never have to endure their loved ones getting hurt or killed in a traffic collision with a semi-truck anywhere in New Mexico.
We have discussed the things drivers can do to remain safe (link to driver tips blog) when traveling alongside semis to help keep these catastrophic collisions from occurring, but truck drivers must do their part to keep our roadways safe too.
Here is how.
Be Sure to Get Plenty of Rest During Off Hours
One of the leading causes of truck accidents in New Mexico is truck driver fatigue, which can often be attributed to spending too much time on the road, thereby violating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours of service regulations.
Truck drivers must take the required time off and get plenty of rest during non-driving hours before getting back behind the wheel of their vehicle.
Look Ahead and Drive Defensively
Truck drivers can use their vehicle’s size to look ahead and identify and anticipate dangerous driving behavior or conditions, potentially avoiding a collision.
Keep Reasonable Driving Distance from Vehicles Ahead
Semi-trucks take longer to slow down and stop than passenger vehicles, which requires truck drivers to leave enough distance between their large semi and the vehicle in front of them.
Take Care and Exercise Caution in Construction Zones
Construction zones decrease the road space in which all vehicles can travel, leaving little room for semi-trucks to maneuver or stop without causing a collision. Truck drivers must take special care when traveling through construction zones to help decrease the collisions, injuries, and deaths that result.
Keep your Semi-Truck Properly Maintained
Before returning to work, inspect the semi-truck thoroughly to ensure there are no signs of vehicle defects or malfunctions, including the tires, brakes, and connections to help prevent a collision later.
If you have been hurt in a truck accident in New Mexico, contact our truck accident attorneys New Mexico at the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane by calling (575) 222-0472 to schedule a free consultation, to determine who is liable for the financial compensation you need, so you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery.