Commercial drivers are behind the wheel of some of the largest vehicles that are on the roads today. They perform tasks that must be done, but many drivers are on unrealistic schedules or not taking the breaks they need. When it comes to the summer, they face many different hazards on the roads, and if they miss the signs of these hazards, they could cause collisions.
Hazards range in nature, but one of the risks during the summer is construction. Construction zones pop up all around the highways, where traffic is busiest.
What should a truck driver do when the summer months arrive?
First, he or she should remember that it’s construction season. That means that there are workers on the roads and often lanes that are shut down for work. These drivers need to obey the speed limit or drive for the conditions. Other drivers should leave more space between themselves and these vehicles, so they have time to stop if there is an accident.
All drivers need to monitor the roads for flaggers. These individuals put themselves in harm’s way by standing in the roadway to control the flow of traffic. If a truck driver disobeys a flagger, he or she has violated the law and potentially put everyone in danger. If you’re struck because he or she crosses into your vehicle or hits you from behind, you would have the right to pursue a claim.
There will always be irresponsible drivers, but with safety in mind, everyone can get where they’re going without injuries. If you’re struck by a commercial vehicle because a driver was not paying attention or obeying the rules of the road, your attorney can help you file a claim. Our site has more on what steps to take next.