As an Atlanta accident attorney, I have been recently writing about inexperienced truck drivers and the higher risk they have for causing a Georgia truck crash. Opportunities for new truckers are growing because there is a shortage of experienced commercial truck drivers in this country. Simultaneously, because of a crackdown on fatigued driving and the hours-of-service requirements, trucking companies need more drivers and are sometimes forced into a situation in which they must hire inexperienced drivers.
Because of these circumstances, trucking companies who have previously only hired experienced drivers are considering changes to their hiring policies. According to a survey by the American Trucking Associations, approximately 56 percent of fleets surveyed said they are now considering relaxing their hiring requirements because they cannot find enough experienced truck drivers to fill the demand. This may mean that there will be even more inexperienced truck drivers on the road in the near future.
What Does This Mean for You?
Inexperienced truckers may increase your risk of being involved in a truck crash. Because you do not know who is behind the wheel of the next tractor trailer you see, nor how experienced they are, you should be cautious about driving next to a semi truck. In order to reduce your chances of being in an Atlanta truck accident, review these safety tips:
- Don’t drive in a trucker’s blind spots (also known as no-zones).
- Don’t cut off large trucks.
- Know that it takes trucks longer to slow down and come to a complete stop.
- Allow plenty of room when following a truck.
- When following a truck, make sure the trucker can see you in his side mirrors.
- When turning, don’t try to squeeze in between a truck and the side of a road.
While this list is not complete, it does help you think your driving skills and habits and how to avoid a trucking accident when sharing the road with a truck.
If you were the victim of a truck crash in Georgia, call Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999 to talk with an Atlanta accident attorney in a complimentary consultation today.