The Factors that Most Often Contribute to Commercial Truck Crashes
Even thought state and federal officials have worked hard over the last few years to bring attention to and reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents involving big rigs, semis, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks, nearly 4,000 people die every year across the United States in truck accidents. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the causes are varied, but most commonly include:
- Substance abuse – Though there are instances where truckers cause accidents while driving drunk, it’s far more common for long-haul operators to take stimulants, such as amphetamines, to help them stay awake for long periods of time. The use of those substances can impair judgment, leading to accidents.
- Driver fatigue – Most drivers are paid by the mile, so there’s an incentive to spend many hours on the road. Because of concerns about this, there are federal and state regulations governing how much time a truck driver may be on the road without a break, as well as how many hours a driver may be behind the wheel during a specific time period.
Drivers and their companies are supposed to maintain accurate logs of driving time, but they often get neglected or even falsified.
- Failure to properly maintain a truck – Federal regulations also require truckers and trucking companies to perform certain routine maintenance and maintain maintenance logs. These regulations are also frequently abused.
- Distracted driving – This epidemic affects all drivers, including truckers. A driver may be on a cell phone or other device, adjusting the stereo, eating food or simply not paying attention to the road ahead.
- Driver negligence – Failure to obey traffic laws, failure to pay reasonable attention to the road, to become familiarized with new roadways or to pay attention to surrounding traffic.
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