When Louisiana truck drivers hit the road, it is important for them to be safe drivers. With long hours on the road and more technology in a truck cab, though, it may sometimes be difficult for truckers to keep their full attention on the road. Distracted driving can be dangerous and truckers need to know how they can be safe behind the wheel.
Louisiana roadways are more congested than ever before. Big rigs carrying full loads and hauling tandem trailers require more room to stop and make turns than passenger vehicles. If you are in an accident with an 18-wheeler, severe injuries with devastating effects can result. At the law offices of MGM Attorneys, we often represent clients seriously injured in a multi-vehicle crash involving a commercial truck.
Louisiana truckers, as well as any truckers who travel through the state, have just as much of a chance of getting into a wreck as any other driver on the road. However, some may argue that the culture surrounding the trucking industry actually increases their chances of getting involved in a crash.
People in Louisiana should be able to trust that truckers and other commercial drivers are strongly monitored and held to strict safety standards. People who operate these big rigs have a serious responsibility to do so in a manner that keeps other people on the roads free from harm. Unfortunately, these drivers are still able to make negligent choices. Even worse, it seems that there may be times when a truck driver is allowed to keep driving commercially even if they have a history of violations and unsafe driving practices.
Semi-trucks can pose enough of a threat on highways when the driver is sober. When drugs become a factor, they can become an even bigger danger. Authorities in Kentucky arrested a 66-year-old semi-truck driver from Louisiana for possession of drugs, as well as driving under the influence, after an accident in which he allegedly lost control of the semi and crossed the median, blocking both lanes of southbound traffic when the vehicle came to rest.
Driving a tow truck allows you to often come to the rescue of stranded motorists in Louisiana. While that is a great perk of the job, it also puts you at risk. Anytime you stand outside a vehicle on the roadway, you are at risk of a moving vehicle striking you. That makes this a dangerous profession. Even with your lights and the size of your truck, some motorists still will not pay attention and could crash into you as you are loading a vehicle.
Motor vehicle accidents involving both cars and trucks in Louisiana can be devastating. Because a truck is so much larger than most of the passenger automobiles on the road, it can strike with a great deal more force in a collision with a car. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available, there were 4,317 fatalities in accidents involving large trucks and 180,000 injuries.
In Louisiana, garbage trucks on the road are just another part of life. They come into your neighborhoods on a schedule, picking up trash to take to the dump. But what if you get into a crash with one of these large vehicles? McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton, are here to help.
People who live in the southern part of Louisiana know just how important of a thoroughfare Interstate 10 is. They also know that this type of freeway is not likely to be closed for anything other than something very, very serious. Apparently something quite severe did take place recently as the Louisiana State Police shut down the entire stretch of I-10 that connects Lafayette to Baton Rouge in both directions.
Louisiana residents likely understand that their cellphone can be a distraction behind the wheel. However, they may not realize that other activities can take their attention off the road. While distracted driving can be dangerous for anyone, it can be especially hazardous for truckers.