Nwitimes.com recently released a report detailing the incredible job of a truck driver who has logged four million miles without a single accident over his 40-year career. Our attorneys learned that the man has driven for Ruan Transport in East Chicago for the past nine years and is currently responsible for making regional deliveries of cryogenic liquids. He has also driven for McKeown Transportation, The Linde Group, and Praxair Inc., and has traveled across 48 states. He travels between 50 and 400 miles each trip and has reportedly driven enough miles throughout his career to circle the globe 160 times.
The driver credits his safe driving record to being aware of changing road, weather, and traffic conditions. “My routine varies daily,” he stated. “The long hours are a drawback, but I like that the job varies and that I get to be alone.”
The report states that Ruan Transport recognized the driver with a luncheon and presentation of the 4 Million-Mile Award. “It was a real surprise,” he said of the recognition. “I was only doing what I’m supposed to do.” The driver stated that he plans to continue on the road and is not going to retire in the near future.
Though the truck driver did not boast about his work and barely seemed to show emotion, drivers similar to this man should definitely be commended for their efforts. By simply driving attentively, remaining aware of all roadway conditions, and being responsible about his job, hundreds of accidents may have been prevented and many innocent lives were undoubtedly spared.
All truck drivers should aspire to drive in the safest manner possible every time they are behind the wheel. It is important that truck drivers are well rested when driving, maintain their vehicle properly, and do not drive over the speed limit. They should distance themselves from other vehicles as best as they can and always drive attentively, especially at night.
Despite many drivers taking the necessary steps to drive safely, accidents unfortunately continue to happen as a result of negligent motorists. Our Illinois truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti represent individuals who have suffered injury, medical expenses, or property damage as the result of a trucking accident caused by a careless driver. We understand that the consequences of a trucking accident can be life altering and are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action. Please contact us to learn about what compensation may be available to you.