Many drivers of passenger cars make mistakes when they are behind the wheel. They may cut someone off, forget to use their signal, or become distracted. These negligent acts do not always result in accidents, but when a truck driver makes the same mistakes, it can have catastrophic results. Tractor-trailers and other large trucks are huge vehicles, and they require attention and care to be operated safely. When truck drivers are negligent, or careless, they pose a serious threat to other drivers. Below, our Ohio truck accident lawyer explains the most common errors truckers make that result in serious crashes.
Drowsy driving is such dangerous behavior that it has been compared to drunk driving. There is an even bigger chance that truck drivers will drive drowsy because they are under immense pressure to deliver their cargo within a certain period of time. It is for this reason that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set forth regulations that stipulate how long truckers can stay on the road. Unfortunately, truck drivers and the companies they work for do not always comply with the law.
Truck drivers have many distractions behind the wheel. They have to operate their vehicle safely while also using navigational systems, CB radios, and eating and drinking. Some drivers may even use a cell phone or watch videos while they are on the road. Even though some distractions are not against the law, such as eating behind the wheel, drivers are still required to make sure they do not act carelessly. Unfortunately, a survey conducted by the FMCSA showed that 71% of truck accidents occurred while the trucker was doing something other than operating the truck.
Due to their sheer size and weight, trucks take much longer than passenger vehicles to slow down and come to a full stop. Truck drivers commonly speed in order to meet their tight deadlines, and they do not account for the increased stopping time required.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is always extremely dangerous behavior. Unfortunately, many truck drivers abuse substances even while they are on the road, as they believe they will keep them awake or make them more focused.
Due to the tight deadlines that are placed upon them, truck drivers sometimes drive recklessly. They may follow another vehicle too closely, cut other motorists off, or weave in and out of traffic. These negligent acts are always dangerous, but when a trucker engages in them, people become seriously injured. Reckless truck drivers are also far more likely to cause an accident that results in a fatality.
Truck drivers make many errors that cause serious injuries, but it is not always easy to determine who is liable for them. At Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, our Ohio truck accident lawyer can determine who caused your crash and will hold them fully accountable for paying the maximum compensation you deserve. Call us now or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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