The Covid-19 pandemic has hit each industry hard and the trucking industry is no exception. What we found were trucking companies having to grapple with changing restrictions and regulations while maintaining and in some cases increasing their workload due to an increasing demand for ground transportation, as many had turned to deliveries in lieu of the past lockdowns and quarantines. Those who weren’t able to keep up with either challenge quickly enough found themselves without work and cast aside for those who were quicker on the ball.
The resulting financial challenges are exacerbated as companies have to continue handling trucking accident cases that arise, as a personal injury lawyer like one from Eric Roy Law Firm can tell you. Many companies are eyeing the possibility that one bad case can spell bankruptcy when situations are already bad as it is. So it is because of this that companies need to continue upholding and enforcing the standards that prevent trucking collisions. A few of which can be found below:
Proper maintenance: everything starts with the maintenance of the vehicle itself. As these vehicles will be traveling hundreds of miles while being exposed to every type of terrain, it’s conditions like these that will wear down the vehicle and make it more susceptible to a collision with another vehicle regardless of the driver’s defensive motor skills. Tuning up the vehicle regularly and making sure that each necessary part is performing as it should will reduce the possibility of a crash as well as liability should one occur.
Decent work hours: American pop culture has already adopted the idea that truck drivers work insane hours with scenes depicting rest stops with tired drivers just barely hanging on to stay awake. The sad thing is that these scenes very much depict a real scenario: overworked truck drivers cutting back on sleep to make sure they overcome what setback they faced in order to get their cargo to its delivery site on time, but this leads to drowsy driving. As a result, drowsy drivers slowly lose focus and eventually start swerving and crash into a vehicle. This catastrophic situation can be easily avoided by ensuring that drivers get a decent amount of rest.
Strategic cargo loading: it’s the cargo that shifts and alters the weight placement of the vehicle and makes it easier or harder to drive, so before the truck pulls out. Take a good look at each piece of cargo and its weight and make sound judgement on where to place it and how so that the driver can safely and defensively drive without issue.