Truckers: Labor Day Weekend Could Spell Trouble for Distracted Drivers
Posted on behalf of Edwards Law Firm on Aug 27, 2014 in Truck Accidents
Monday, September 1 is Labor Day. While this holiday traditionally marks the end of summer, its also notorious for being one of the busiest travel days of the year.
While families plan their three-day getaway and expect to have a wonderful time, Labor Day weekend can also be one of the deadliest holidays for motorists. A recent press release issued by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) highlights some safety tips that drivers should keep in mind when traveling, especially on the highway, over the weekend.
First, ATA cautions drivers to be sure their vehicles are in good working order before they head out on their trip. This includes checking wipers, fluid and ensuring tires are at correct pressure. Motorists should commit to driving free of distractions, meaning no cell phones or texting, and keeping an eye on their surroundings at all times.
Distracted driving is a negligent behavior that is dangerous in city traffic but that can be deadly when traveling on the interstate. Commercial vehicles are much larger than the average passenger car, with slower stopping time and a higher risk for rolling over in a crash. It is particularly critical to stay focused on the task at hand while in traffic with a large truck this weekend.
The ATA stresses that drivers must remember that large trucks have large blind spots; a good rule of thumb is always, if you cant see the driver, they cant see you.
When sharing the road with large commercial vehicles drivers should practice leaving themselves a quarter-mile cushion; this simply means to scan the road ahead for a safe path as far as roughly 400 meters.
As always, all vehicle occupants must obey the law and wear their seat belts and abide by state and federal traffic regulations. Doing so can eliminate the chance an accident will happen, or if it does, may lessen the outcomes severity.
The truck accident lawyers at The Edwards Law Firm would also like to remind drivers never to get behind the wheel if they've been drinking. Whether your Labor Day plans include a road trip or a short drive to a friends home for a party, drinking and driving can substantially increase the chances you will be involved in an accident. That could mean injuring yourself, your passengers or complete strangers; it could even mean permanent disability or death.
Keeping these tips in mind can mean the difference between a fun holiday and a tragic one; do your part to watch for trucks and protect the ones you love!
Our firm wishes a happy and safe Labor Day to all traveling throughout Tulsa this weekend!