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What Rules Must Truck Drivers Follow?

What Rules Must Truck Drivers Follow?

Most freight in the United States is moved by trucks, many of them very large and very heavy. Just size alone often makes a truck driver's job look difficult, dangerous, and tough and it often is. When an accident occurs involving a large truck, sheer size alone often accounts for fatalities and heavy damage.

However, most truck drivers manage to take care of moving the freight on crowded highways and narrow streets without accident or incident. How do they do it? What rules does the safe truck driver follow to make the job safer for everyone on the road?

Safe Trucking Rules

Sleep

A long haul on a crowded highway is almost always certain to make a driver sleepy, which may mean slow reaction time, which often results in a driver's reaction much like that of someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The safe driver follows the regulations regarding how much sleep time is required between driving shifts. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the hours of commercial drivers in the United States, including hours behind the wheel and length of rest periods.

Distance and Space

The safe driver doesn't forget that a heavy truck may take a long time to stop, which means that following too closely behind another vehicle sets a good stage for an accident. Space is also important and can be critical because of the blind sports involved with driving a truck. The blind spot says: If you can't see the driver in your mirror, he or she probably can't see you so keep a safe distance apart.

Signals

The size of large trucks causes blind spots that are larger than those for drivers of cars. Safe truck drivers make sure that they make stopping or turning signals in plenty of time to let other drivers know what they are about to do.

Alcohol and Drugs

Truck drivers are tested for alcohol and drug abuse. Safe drivers do neither on the road, realizing that failing such a test may mean losing a job.

If you have been involved in a truck accident of any kind and need a Pasadena truck accident lawyer, let The Soileau Law Firm take your case. Our firm has the experience and knowledge necessary to represent our clients and seek the compensation they deserve.

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