Even though there are many things you can do to enhance your safety when sharing the road with commercial trucks, accidents with these vehicles remain a concern. Not only do they cause great damage, but they typically result in serious injury or death.
Here are some of the many reasons why commercial truck accidents continue to occur throughout the country:
- Aggressive driving: Even with proper training, commercial truckers have the tendency to drive aggressively in an attempt to reach their destination on time. This can take on many forms, such as illegal passing, illegal lane changes and excessive speeding.
- Drowsy driving: Commercial truckers are among the most likely to fall asleep at the wheel, as they spend many consecutive hours on the road. Take into consideration that they’re often driving at night, and you have a recipe for disaster.
- Driving under the influence: For example, if a trucker consumes only one alcoholic beverage during a stop, it increases the risk of an accident. In addition to alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription medication also impact the trucker’s ability to maintain their safety.
- Distracted driving: Truckers spend a lot of time on the road, so they’re likely to get caught up in distractions. This can include things such as texting, talking on the phone, drinking coffee or simply daydreaming.
- Improper training: Trucking companies must provide proper training before sending a trucker out on the road. Without this, they’re not equipped with the knowledge necessary to drive safely.
- Improper loading: There’s a right and wrong way to load a commercial truck. If a mistake is made, it increases the risk of an accident, such as losing a load on the road or tipping over on a tight turn.
These are some of the most common causes of commercial truck accidents, although there are others that could come into play.
If a commercial trucker causes an accident in which you’re injured, call 911 and stay where you are until help arrives. Your safety, health and well-being should be the only thing on your mind at this point.
Only after you receive treatment should you review your insurance policy, file a claim and learn more about the compensation you can receive.