Although truck drivers have more experience behind the wheel than most motorists, they can still cause accidents. Fatigue, speeding and distractions can all contribute to devastating collisions, and people in regular-sized vehicles often suffer the worst of the impact. This is where an injury lawyer may be able to help.
When most people imagine truck accidents, they think of distracted driving or falling asleep behind the wheel. However, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, wearing a seatbelt can actually prevent collisions and injuries – not to mention save lives.
Unfortunately, even the safest motorists cannot control the actions of other drivers. If you were the victim of a truck accident in Texas, then contact the Luke Dow Law Firm.
As an Austin accident attorney, Luke Dow can help you pursue compensation against the at-fault driver. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation. You can also visit the USAttorneys website to learn more about truck accident claims in Texas.
Read on to learn the truth behind nine myths about seatbelts for truck drivers.
Myth 1: Seatbelts restrict movement and are uncomfortable.
This is possibly true if the driver is not wearing the seatbelt correctly. However, seatbelts can actually alleviate restrictive movement and discomfort.
Myth 2: Wearing seatbelts is a personal decision that has no effect on other people.
Seatbelts hold you in position, which keeps you in control of the truck. Wearing one is the law, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains.
Myth 3: Seatbelts prevent escape from water or fire.
Seatbelts can actually help you escape from submerged or burning vehicles. They protect you from being knocked unconscious.
Myth 4: In a crash, your chance of survival is better if thrown from the truck.
The chance of dying increases 400 percent when thrown from a vehicle. Ejection also endangers other motorists because you will no longer be in control of the vehicle.
Myth 5: It is too time consuming to fasten seatbelts all day long.
It takes roughly 3 seconds to buckle up. If you do this 20 times a day, you only will have spent one minute keeping yourself and others safe.
Myth 6: A good truck driver does not require a safety belt.
While it is true that good drivers rarely crash, it is also true that there are factors outside of the driver’s control that can lead to an accident. Examples include bad weather, mechanical malfunctions and the actions of other motorists.
Myth 7: Seatbelts are unnecessary because large trucks offer enough protection.
Large, heavy trucks are certainly safer in the event of a collision – at least for the truck driver – but you should not rely on the size and weight of the vehicle. A large truck will not help if you are ejected.
Myth 8: You do not need to wear a seatbelt when driving slowly.
In a head-on collision, objects inside the truck, including you, will travel forward at the same speed of the vehicle. If driving at 30 mph without a seatbelt, you will hit the windshield at 30 mph, which is roughly the same impact you would feel if you fell unprotected from a three-story building.
Myth 9: Lap belts are just as effective as seatbelts.
A lap belt will keep you in position to some extent, but it will not prevent your head from moving forward, putting your spine, head, neck and face at serious risk. To maximize your safety, be sure to use both lap and shoulder belts.
If you suffer an injury due to a negligent or reckless truck driver, then contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.