Truck drivers are often under enormous pressure to get to their destination on time, so they may cut corners and drive in an unsafe manner. In turn, these practices lead to accidents, causing thousands of fatalities and serious injuries annually. This negligence leads to ruined lives and devastated families. The following are contributing factors to unsafe driving practices of truck drivers.
Speed is a major factor in truck accidents. The sheer size of a truck means it requires more stopping distance. When drivers try to stop a speeding truck too quickly, they are vulnerable to a rollover, and may take out other vehicles in the crash. Drivers may also go too fast down a hill or incline.
Truckers’ deadlines may cause them to drive when they should be resting. Drivers are supposed to follow strict regulations regarding time off for rest and record all driving and resting time in their log books. Since drivers are paid by the mile, truckers are often tempted to falsify their log books and keep driving, even though they are tired and show signs of fatigue.
Many truck drivers suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that may cause them to fall asleep at the wheel. Although truckers and their companies know the federal limits for daily driving, pressure to get cargo to a destination promptly may result in drowsy drivers.
Truck drivers are not permitted to use cell phones while driving, but there are still other factors that may cause distracted driving. Truck drivers often eat, drink, and smoke while behind the wheel, which are potential fatal distractions.
Alcohol and drugs are common factors in any sort of motor vehicle accident, and trucks are no exception. The drugs used are not necessarily illegal, but many prescription and over-the-counter medications have warnings about their use while driving.
Lack of Experience
Inexperienced truck drivers may misjudge necessary stopping times and other roadway conditions, leading to overcompensating or outright panic. Inexperienced truck drivers may not recognize how fast other vehicles are moving or may prove unfamiliar with the road, which can contribute to accidents.
If a truck is not maintained properly and cargo is not loaded and restrained correctly, accidents will happen. The main causes of truck malfunctions that can cause accidents include:
- Tire blowouts
- Failing brakes
- Shifting loads, resulting in overturning
- Steering problems due to cargo shifting
- Cargo falling out of the truck
Drivers are supposed to inspect their trucks carefully at the beginning of every shift and companies are supposed to perform regular vehicle maintenance. Failure to perform basic inspections and vehicle maintenance can lead to tragedy.
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