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Can trucking companies do more to protect commuters from crashes?

If you commute to work in the San Antonio area, it's likely that you've shared the road with an 18-wheeler. If you have, you know that feeling when you notice a truck veer slightly toward the edge of its lane: fear.

You might speed up a little to get past the truck faster, or slow down and switch to a different lane. Why? Because you know how dangerous 18-wheelers are.

There is no doubt that tractor-trailers are capable of causing serious destruction, including injury and death. But what can be done about it?

According to the National Safety Council, trucking companies can play a major role in keeping others on the road safe.

Total ban on distracted driving for truck drivers

Even though San Antonio has anti-texting laws, nothing is stopping a driver from answering the phone, making a call or being otherwise distracted when on the road. Unfortunately, it only takes a few seconds of inattention to cause a crash.

This is where employers can make things better. The NSC suggests that employer implement complete bans on cellphone use while driving.

That means no texting, no making calls and no answering phone calls -- even with a hands-free device -- while driving for work. It also means putting an end to expectations that drivers must answer the phone during their driving hours.

Safe drivers can keep accident rates down

Last year, 152 people died in wrecks in San Antonio. When one person is dying every two and a half days, it is necessary to take every possible precaution to prevent these tragedies.

Many times, safety starts with drivers -- especially those who operate larger vehicles like tractor-trailers. Avoiding distraction, staying alert and following the rules of the road can help prevent dangerous situations.

When you use the road every day to commute to work, your chances of being involved in an accident may be higher than those who drive less. Since your safety is on the line, what do you think should be done to prevent truck accidents? Should employers impose stricter rules on their drivers about distracted driving? 

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