There are many reasons why people crash, but when it comes down to it, most can be categorized into a few main factors. For truck drivers, these include inexperience, negligence, distractions and drowsiness.
No truck driver should be on the roads when he or she is distracted or too tired to drive. Not thinking about their own safety or the safety of others is a serious violation of trust.
Truck drivers with little experience may not be capable of handling their vehicles well. They may make mistakes, much like any new driver would. Inadequate training creates safety concerns and makes drivers a risk to others.
Speeding, texting and other negligent behaviors are banned for a reason, but even if certain behaviors aren't banned or illegal, it's important for drivers to know when they're appropriate. For instance, a heated conversation should probably wait until the driver pulls over, just as eating behind the wheel is a distraction that can wait.
Distractions range from incoming emails and text messages to crashes on the side of the road. Good drivers always pay attention to what's going on around them and, most importantly, also what's in front of them. Drivers who allow themselves to get too distracted may not notice slowing traffic or other hazards.
Truck drivers need to get their rest. Some are pushed to get their loads to their destinations quickly, but there is a limit to how much a person can and should drive in a single day or week. Drivers should abide by the Federal Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (FHTSA) and get the necessary rest. Drowsy drivers can be as dangerous as drunk drivers.
Dangerous drivers have no place on the roads. If you're hit, know your rights. You can make a claim. Our website has more information.