Driving on the roadways with large trucks is already intimidating enough for some drivers. Because these drivers are on the road so often, they seem to become a bit careless when it comes to their driving habits. When you learn about the common causes for truck accidents, you can increase your chances of avoiding them on the road.
Even though the DOT has strict guidelines for how long truck drivers can be on the road in a given time period, fatigue can still become a problem. There are many factors that play a role in how tired drivers are. Some drivers can’t handle as much driving as others or a driver may be sick and wears out more quickly than he is used to. Those who drive at night are also more suscpetible to fatigue than those who drive during the day, though both are at risk depending on other factors.
All large trucks require regular maintenance and inspections to ensure they are suitable for operation on the roadways. However, many drivers don’t pay close enough attention to their maintenance tasks, which can lead to truck accidents. Flat tires, blown tires, overheating and unsecure or shifting loads can all cause accidents out on the road. These are often some of the most dangerous accidents because there are few, if any, warning signs.
Many truck drivers become so comfortable on the road they forget about the rules of the road. They may change langes without signaling, follow too closely or even speed. Just like any other driver that drives in this manner, truck drivers can quickly cause accidents with this behavior. People who are driving on the road with these trucks must be vigilant to do what it takes to avoid an accident.
Even though trucking companies hire drivers who are properly trained in over-the-road driving, there are some drivers who cause accidents that are avoidable. Those who drive when they are tired, don’t complete the proper maintenance and drive carelessly put everyone else on the road at risk. Now that you know why these accidents occur, you can take what steps you can to avoid these accidents.