Commercial Driver Training Manuals Dedicate A Chapter To Night DrivingNight driving is dangerous due to poor visibility, glare, fatigue, limited headlight range and defective or inadequate lights and reflectors
Every commercial vehicle driver is required by federal law to be trained to avoid accidents associated with night time driving. Commercial truck drivers are required to conduct pre-trip inspections to make certain that their trucks and trailers do not have any defects that would limit or impair the visibility of the truck or trailer to other drivers. They are trained to factor in the speed they are traveling, the stopping distance of their trucks and the distance that their headlights illuminate with high beams on and with the low beams on. Truck drivers are supposed to plan their route and to make sure that they are sufficiently well rested before starting a trip.
Many night time truck accidents can be prevented if commercial drivers and their motor carriers complied with these regulations before embarking on a night time trip. It is critical that a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer is involved in the investigation of a night time truck accident as soon as possible. Records relating to driver fatigue and vehicle inspections must be preserved. There is also significant information about the vehicles involved that may be lost forever if a lawyer is not consulted promptly after a crash.