“How’s my driving?” It’s common to see this decal accompanied by a toll-free number on company-owned trucks and tractor-trailers. This open invitation to call and report bad driving habits is intended to keep the roads a little safer for everyone, but does it really work?
Yes, according to recent research. Statistics vary, but at minimum, company trucks that carry such decals are 20 percent less likely to be involved in a Maryland auto accident. Some surveys put that number as high as 50 percent. In either case, it’s enough that insurance companies frequently give companies discounts for carrying such decals on their company vehicles.
Are you hesitant to call a hotline because you don’t want to get someone in trouble? You should know that reporting a driver rarely results in the driver’s immediate dismissal. Rather, the intent is more for companies to spot problem drivers rather than to hold each driver accountable for their every action. Frequent bad reports on the same driver points to a person who either needs more training or, perhaps after enough warnings, a pink slip.
Common complaints to “How’s my driving?” hotlines include:
- Bad lane change
- Cutting off another driver
- Running a red light
Next time you see a truck driver participating in a potentially dangerous action, take two minutes to call the hotline. Your anonymous complaint may help avoid a Maryland truck accident in the future.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck crash, contact an experienced Maryland truck accident attorney to see how you can get compensation for your injuries. Call us today for a free consultation at 800-875-9700.
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