Commercial truck crashes are among the most horrendous experiences for motorists. Approximately
500,000 of these road hazards take place each year. Out of this number, 5,000 results in deaths. Below are
the most common Tuscaloosa truck accident causes.
There's a thin line between safe driving and a motor vehicle accident. A tragic mishap can occur even if a
truck driver takes his or her eyes off the road for a few seconds. This one action places other travelers in
harm's way of a fatal or near-fatal vehicle crash. One reason these commercial carriers get distracted is
that it's difficult for them to maintain their focus for long periods of time.
Driving trucks is a lonely endeavor. Because of this, truck drivers must find ways to stay alert when
traveling to their destinations. They engage in various activities to avert boredom — unfortunately, the
very things they do to remain alert end up becoming distractions.
Something as simple as listening to the radio poses a danger. Often, truckers rely on the radio to keep
them company. When driving through rural areas, truckers may find it challenging to get a good radio
signal. Some drivers take their eyes off the road when seeking a channel to listen to, which can easily
cause traffic disaster.
Cell phones are another common distraction. Truckers often use their phones to help break up the
monotony of driving long hours along endless roadways. They engage in phone conversations and
interact via text messages. These phone interactions lower their attention span and make it more difficult
for them to follow road safety guidelines.
Driving Under the Influence
Many truck drivers involved in accidents were driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. It's not
unusual for some truckers to use both legal and illegal substances. There are several reasons why these
truckers use these substances. These include:
● Suffering from addictions
● Engaging in recreational drug usage
● Attempting to stay alert
Truckers driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medications put the lives of
motorists at risk.
In many cases, these drivers bring these substances with them on their routes. In other cases, they buy
these substances when they stop at towns en route to their destination. No matter how they acquire these
substances, they all impair judgment and coordination.
Trucking companies expect their drivers to reach their destinations on time. However, there are certain
things beyond a trucker's control that hinder timely deliveries. One of these factors is poor weather conditions. Another problem is traffic jams. When faced with these delays, some truckers resort to
speeding in an effort to make up for the lost time.
Driving over the speed limit places the lives of other motorists in jeopardy. It causes truck drivers to veer
out of their lanes. It reduces their reaction time. They also end up braking fast. Any or a combination of
these speed-related scenarios is especially dangerous for oncoming motorists of smaller vehicles.
Driving commercial trucks is a demanding job. Truckers are under tremendous pressure to make
shipments on time. The last thing they need is for anything to slow them down. Unfortunately, one thing
that's difficult for them to combat is fatigue. These are a few factors that contribute to lethargy:
● Being overworked
● Working long hours
● Driving long distances
● Receiving very little quality rest or sleep
Tired truckers lose coordination, concentration, and control. This can result in them falling asleep behind the wheel. In just a few moments, the lives of other motorists can be changed forever. This explains why fatigue is one of the main causes of trucking hazards.
Poor Driving Skills
Truckers who lack proper commercial driving skills are a road safety threat. Some commercial drivers
receive as little as two weeks of training before getting on the road. Even though they meet the legal
minimum requirements, often it's not enough to prevent truck driving accidents and fatalities. There's no
guarantee that a trained trucker will follow road safety best practices.
Subpar Truck Maintenance
Some causes of trucking accidents are due to the condition of the trucks. Even though federal law requires
that these vehicles be kept in tip-top condition, there are trucking companies that fail to comply. They cut
corners on maintenance and repairs in order to save money and reduce downtimes. This makes sharing
public roads with these massive commercial vehicles a menace.
Get Compensated for Your Trucking Accident Injuries
There are reckless truck drivers as well as negligent truck companies. These pose a threat to pedestrians,
bicycles, and motorists. Far too many people get injured or lose their lives in truck-related accidents. If
you or someone you know is the victim of this kind of calamity, you need aggressive attorneys who
understand the complexities of trucking industry laws and regulations.
Prince Glover Hayes is your best option in Alabama. The Tuscaloosa-based law firm has represented
personal injury clients since 1979. Our attorneys have won major settlements and verdicts against large
trucking companies. Let us help you get what you deserve for your injuries and losses. Contact us now for
a free case evaluation.
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