Due to their immense size and weight, large trucks can be an extremely
dangerous presence on the road. Most truck drivers are very cautious and
responsible behind the wheel, but even a momentary lapse of judgment can
have catastrophic results. Below are three common causes of
trucking accidents, all of which could potentially be considered negligent or reckless behavior
on behalf of the driver.
With every mile of increased speed, the force of impact will greatly increase
for any vehicle. When the vehicle in question is an 80,000 lb. truck,
however, the situation is much more dangerous. Not only does speeding
increase the potential danger, it can make the truck far more challenging
to control, and will also significantly reduce the reaction time of the
driver. In big trucks, having an extra second to react to danger ahead
can be the difference between life and death.
Driving Under the Influence
One of the most common causes of trucking accidents is the influence of
drugs, both illegal and prescription. Just as with the driver of a passenger
car, truck drivers’ ability to drive can be severely compromised
through the use of even prescribed medications. Drugs can decrease reaction
time, compromise decision-making ability, and can make it generally more
difficult to follow the rules of the road.
Recent studies have found that driver fatigue does not cause as many trucking
accidents as initially thought. Despite this, it remains one of the more
common causes of these crashes. Truck drivers often feel pressure to make
sure their deliveries are made on-time. This means longer hours spent
behind the wheel, which leads to tired drivers. Merely being tired can
slow your reaction time significantly, and falling asleep while driving
can be disastrous.
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