Defensive driving as defined by the National Safety Council is driving that saves lives, time, and money, despite the conditions around you and the actions of others. As a truck driver, driving defensively is even more important than normal because of the size of the truck. Trucks, as we all know, can inflict some serious damage to property, other vehicles, and drivers. By practicing defensive driving, you prevent the number of accidents you could be in as well as the seriousness of the ones that do happen.
Defensive driving has several key principles that encompass all actions on the road. These include the following:
Controlling your speed ensures that you are in control of your vehicle and gives you more reaction time. Controlling your speed also helps you adjust to road conditions, making it easier for your vehicle to maintain proper traction with the road..
Being distraction free allows you to constantly be focused on driving. In most states, it is a traffic violation to be using a cell phone while driving including in Iowa so avoid this. Also, constantly checking your mirrors and blind spots is a great way to anticipate possible causes of accidents and avoid them.
Keeping an ample amount of space between you and the vehicle in front of you allows you to come to a complete stop if need be and react to potential hazards in the roadway.
Expecting that other drivers will act illogically or even reckless is a good idea. It puts you in the mindset of being extra cautious on the roadway. This in combination with the previous principles give you the best probability of avoiding collisions.
Despite practicing defensive driving, some accidents are unavoidable. When an accident occurs, there are things you need to do and information you need to collect. First, contact the closest law enforcement agency for assistance. You must fill out an Iowa Accident Report within 72 hours of the accident to the Iowa DOT. You also need to exchange license, registration, and insurance information with the other driver. Federal law mandates that you must keep an accident register and accident files. An accident register typically includes the following:
Accident files for each accident should include copies of all accident reports required by state or governmental entities or insurers.The whole process surrounding trucking accidents can be quite complicated with all the reporting requirements, insurance claims, and possible court involvement. Obtaining the help of an experienced trucking accident lawyer can be beneficial. Thankfully, Beatie Law Firm, P.C. has the experienced trucking accident lawyers that can help. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
The lawyers at Beatie Law Firm, P.C. are happy to assist you with any of your trucking accident needs. We have the experience and professionalism required to give you the proper advice and counsel. Our firm was even one of America’s top 100 high stakes litigators in 2018. Our experience and professionalism speak for itself and we are here to help you with your accident. We proudly serve the Des Moines, Knoxville, and Ames, IA area. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.