Sharing the New Jersey roadway with commercial trucks can prove unnerving for many motorists, because when cars and trucks crash into one another, the drivers and passengers in the smaller vehicles typically suffer most. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson, Covelli & McPherson, we recognize that air brake failure is a frequent cause of today’s semi-truck crashes, and we also understand that many incidents involving brake failure are avoidable.
There are rules and regulations currently in place that require New Jersey and the nation’s commercial truck drivers to rest every so often, and these rules exist to help prevent fatigued driving and improve public safety as a result. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson, Covelli and McPherson, we understand the current administration is considering loosening up the rules governing trucker drive times, and we also recognize how doing so could potentially endanger everyone else on the roadway.
Injuries happen every day, but we still do not live in a society where those responsible for injuring others always take appropriate action to remedy the situation. At the law firm of Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson, Covelli & McPherson, we are proud to be part of a system that attempts to make sure nobody gets away with hurting someone else. The law is not perfect, but we believe that our work makes a big difference for our clients.
Today’s truck drivers have a career that requires considerable responsibility, but regrettably, many of them behave in a manner that is anything but responsible. Based on size and weight alone, large tractor-trailers pose a threat to other motorists across New Jersey and the nation, but when the people driving those tractor-trailers are also abusing alcohol or drugs, the trucks become even more potentially deadly.
For companies that rely on their employees to transport products or services to other vendors in New Jersey, the risks of managing a fleet of vehicles and drivers can be quite serious. Reducing the number of accidents that their employees are involved in and being able to confidently rely on those same employees to uphold the company's reputation are paramount to the overall success of their organization.
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.