TRUCKING ACCIDENTS | Truck Safety

Drivers are required to be familiar with all aspects of vehicle inspections. They must be aware of the effect of undiscovered malfunction upon safety. Drivers are required to perform a pre-trip and post-trip inspection of their vehicle prior to getting on the road with a load and when stopping with a load. They must check for fluid leaks, bad tires, interference with visibility, wheel and rim defects, braking system defects, steering system defects, suspension system defects, exhaust system defects and cargo problems. The driver is obligated to report any malfunctions to dispatch and have the problem corrected immediately.

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Driver Training and Requirements

The following list represents the areas in which each driver must be trained and have knowledge. Failure to properly train in these areas can seriously affect the safety of the general public and create a basis for a finding of liability against both the trucker and the trucking firm.

  • Safe operations regulations
  • Commercial motor vehicle safety control systems
  • Safe vehicle control
  • Shifting
  • Braking
  • Visual search
  • Communication
  • Speed management
  • Space management
  • Night operation
  • Extreme driving conditions
  • Hazard perceptions
  • Emergency maneuvers
  • Skid control and recovery
  • Relationship of cargo to vehicle control
  • Vehicle inspections

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