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Why it is so important for truck drivers to drive safe

Although they wouldn't necessarily argue otherwise, a Houston, Texas, resident, particularly one who has not been involved in a truck accident, might wonder why our law office emphasizes the importance of truck drivers operating their vehicles awake, sober, and with no distractions, electronic or otherwise.

They may wonder why we work so hard to hold drivers who do not operate their vehicles in this manner, as well as their employers, accountable for the full extent of all injuries they may cause.

The reason we do so is that attentive and alert driving can mean the difference between life and death on the road, as it simply takes quite a bit longer for a truck to stop once the driver applies the brakes. Specifically, even at a normal highway speed, a loaded truck is going to need over 450 feet to stop, whereas a private vehicle needs a little under 250 feet.

Thus, while the operator of a small vehicle may be able to get away with an unexpected stop, a trucker is much less likely to do so. Moreover, given the size of a truck, even a low speed accident can spell disaster for the other motorists involved.

A truck driver ultimately might not be able to do much about how long it takes to stop safely once he or she applies the brakes, but the driver can do plenty to make sure he or she applies the brakes as fast as possible. The best way to make sure the driver's reaction time is solid is for the driver to be alert, sober and attentive.

A distracted driver or a driver suffering from truck driver fatigue, on the other hand, is much more likely to have a delayed reaction to an urgent situation and thus lose valuable time and distance that may be necessary to avoid a truck accident.

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