Back in 2002, the University of Minnesota Morris began the Truckers & Turnover Project, a multi-year study involving students, faculty and several motor carriers. The cooperating firms operate in the long-haul truckload segment of the trucking industry, a segment that has a high turnover rate. The goal of the study, initially, was to project and identify factors that predict retention rates, productivity and other on-the-job outcomes for truckers across New Jersey and other states. One such outcome is crash risk.
The truck driver life can seem adventurous and even glamorous to those who have never driven a big rig before. However, as we at the law office of Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, LLP, are aware, there is another side of the coin when it comes to the trucker lifestyle. People in New Jersey and elsewhere may be impacted by the stressful, exhausting life truck drivers can lead.
Large trucks are so much bigger than other vehicles on New Jersey roadways that if you get into an accident with one of them, the chances are great that you will suffer the most. While regulators do not have many onboard safety devices required, trucking companies are more observant and aware. They have started to implement different safety systems in hopes of reducing accidents.
One of the benefits of owning your own company is being able to dictate hiring policies and put guidelines in place that determine how potential candidates will be assessed to determine their eligibility for a job. Because you run a trucking company in New Jersey, you are looking particularly close at people who show responsibility and have a clean driving record. You want to guarantee that all members of your fleet understand that their driving is a reflection of your company's reputation and that irresponsibility could not only damage your company's success but jeopardize their safety and that of other motorists on the road.
You have recently completed the certification to be qualified to drive a big rig, and have secured a good job with a reputable trucking company in New Jersey. In preparation for your new career you have talked with other people who are truckers and have taken their advice about how to stay safe and be an effective driver. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we are familiar with the unique risks of the industry and are committed to helping educate truck drivers on safety.
It may be challenging for you to find the time to exercise, and eating right when you're so busy with work and life in New Jersey may seem next to impossible. For truckers who often work 14-hour days and eat every meal at a restaurant, the struggle may be even more difficult.
You are cruising along at highway speeds on a busy thoroughfare in New Jersey when out of nowhere, a small passenger car cuts you off. Because you are driving a big rig, you are unable to slow down and find yourself violently swerving into the next lane to avoid a deadly collision. What would you have done if there was not another lane next to you? At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we are familiar with the risks that truckers face when they spend hours traveling between destinations.
If you are a trucker in New Jersey, you face a variety of potential hazards when traveling long distances for your job. Some of these dangers can be environmental hazards, inclement weather, incorrectly loaded cargo and fatigue. In fact, driver exhaustion is to blame for a significant amount of trucking accidents each year. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to keep yourself alert and prepared without compromising your attention.
With your vehicle's low center of gravity, a rollover crash on the roadways of New Jersey is probably one of the least of your worries. However, if you are next to a tractor-trailer, maybe it is not your own vehicle you should be worried about. We at Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, LLP, are aware of many issues that could cause that 18-wheeler to roll.
The last thing that you want to encounter on the road in Monmouth County is a fatigued truck driver. Fortunately, federal guidelines have been enacted that prevent drivers from working long hours to help limit the chances of them becoming fatigued. However, their application is not always uniform. If, for example, a truck is equipped with a sleeper berth, its driver is allowed to adhere to a policy known as the sleeper berth provision.