The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wants truck and bus drivers to be the knights of the road each day they are out on America’s highways. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website, the Share the Road Safely Program is an opportunity for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) to be the example setters for sharing the road safely.
By safely sharing the road, CMV drivers will also get the chance to improve upon their image. According to surveys, drivers of small passenger vehicles are simply intimidated by large trucks and buses. Safe driving can help to change that negative image, but more importantly, it can save lives.
Part of the Share the Road Safely Program is the No-Zone campaign. The no zone is the large blind spot around trucks and buses. No zones can be so huge that an entire vehicle can disappear from the view of the bus or truck driver. The campaign is an attempt to educate drivers. Truck and bus drivers know about the no zone, but many drivers of smaller passenger cars are unaware.
The program further teaches the driving public about the operating characteristics of large trucks and buses. They do not brake as quickly as smaller vehicles, and their size does not allow them to make quick corrective maneuvers. CMV drivers know this, but those who have never driven a large truck or bus do not.
It is the belief of the FMCSA that the more the driving public knows about how to share the road safely, the fewer the number of serious injuries and fatalities involving crashes with large trucks.
The experienced Maryland truck accident attorneys at the firm of Alpert Schreyer know how serious crashes between passenger vehicles and large trucks and buses can be. Life-changing injuries are often the result. If you have been injured in a truck accident you may be entitled to compensation if the truck driver and/or his company was to blame. Call us at (844) 632-7274 to discuss the details of your case free of charge.