For the same reasons as trucking in general, heavy haul trucking can be dangerous for other people on the road if the proper safety measures are not implemented and adhered to. While most trucking companies make great efforts to ensure their drivers are trained, trucks are well maintained, and loads are delivered quickly, sometimes their efforts are not enough. Additional safety measures can work wonders in reducing the chances that a trucking accident may occur.
Trucking accidents happen every day. Last year, there were 30,000 injuries attributed to trucking accidents. On top of that, more than 4,000 people were killed in trucking-related accidents. With all of these deaths and injuries in mind, there is no a question we could all benefit from improved safety in the heavy haul trucking industry. The majority of the people who are hurt in these incidences are not the truckers, but individuals traveling in smaller vehicles.
It’s easy to agree that more safety is good, but it can be hard to determine what that should look like. There are a lot of ideas out there. One idea that’s been tossed around is putting speed limiters on trucks. Such devices would limit a heavy haul trucking vehicle’s maximum speed to some set amount, probably topping out at about 65mph. Higher speeds make vehicle accidents more devastating, so hopefully putting a cap on how fast a truck can move can help limit how destructive accidents involving them may be. Some other safety measures heavy haul trucking companies may consider include:
- Stronger underride guards
- Improved roadway visibility
- Disc brakes
- Better windshield wipers
- LED Headlights
- Cameras that show blind spots
- Technology that warns when drivers are drifting out of their lane
Trucking accidents are a blight on our roadways, so working to limit or eliminate them completely can lead to many economic and social benefits. At LTA Logistics, we value safety in the heavy haul trucking industry and strive to make sure all of our drivers are well trained and well rested.
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If you are considering using the services of a heavy haul trucking company, call LTA Logistics at (888) 502-0582 to learn more about the services we have available.