White Marsh Transport Inc., a trucking company located in New Orleans, LA, is facing a lawsuit stemming from an accident caused by one of its trucks last September.
The suit was filed earlier this month by Gwendolyn Castle, whose vehicle was struck by one of White Marsh Transport’s drivers.
According to the suit, the truck driver “is accused of negligence for failing to yield the right of way, failing to maintain a proper lookout and proper control of his vehicle, failing to timely brake or otherwise maneuver the vehicle to avoid the collision, failing to operate the vehicle in a reasonable and prudent manner and in obedience of traffic laws and regulations and driving too fast” (http://www.louisianarecord.com/news/234199-trucking-company-sued-after-rear-end-collision).
Castle, who was rear-ended, was injured and is now suing for several damages including mental and physical suffering, employment losses, car damage, etc., according to the site.
The suit acknowledges everything the truck driver did wrong but is there a solution to preventing accidents like this from happening?
The answer is yes.
One of them is to make sure that your company only hires the safest drivers, the way that Road Scholar does by conducting background checks on all of its drivers and ensuring that they follow safety protocols, such as not talking on a cell phone while driving, one of the top distractions leading to accidents.
Another solution is to apply only the safest and newest technology on your tractor trailers. Take Road Scholar Transport, for example, who is currently in the process of purchasing new tractors which are installed with safety features, such as a brake system that will decrease the average stopping distance of a truck traveling at 60 mph from 355 feet to 250 feet or less! An extra 100 feet can make a big different in the event of an accident.
Another piece of equipment Road Scholar is incorporating is anti-crash technology. This radar system will sensor the closing distance of Road Scholar’s truck coming up upon another object stopped or moving more slowly, in which case the ECM (Electronic Control Module) will automatically start reducing fuel, engaging the engine brakes and the foundation brakes, if necessary, to bring the truck to a stop.
With technology such as these, safety procedures, and qualified drivers, Road Scholar Transport is helping to reduce the number of accidents on the road.
Put your cargo on a safe truck by going to www.roadscholar.com and requesting a rate today.
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