Whether you’re driving to work, taking the kids to school, or running a few errands; chances are you’re commuting on a busy highway to reach your destination. Motorists put themselves behind the wheel each day and must watch out for any potential risks. As motorists, we strive to put safe driving habits into practice to ensure that we’re doing our part. Keeping the volume at a safe level, avoiding texting and driving, and following the speed limits are great practices; however how much can be done when you experience and accident with an 18-wheeler truck.
Big rigs carrying thousands of pounds of freight increases the chances of a dangerous accident. When considering the significant weight, load being carried by these vehicles that can exceed 80,000 pounds versus the weight of a standard car, you can easily understand why an accident can be far more fatal than that of one with two standard sized cars.
When dealing with big rigs, there is always a reason as to why there was an accident. Look at a few options as to what those factors might be:
Although we strive to watch our speed as a safety precaution, it’s important to realize that these commercial freight trucks are often rushing against the clock. The transportation industry has become a dangerous one as drivers are pressured to have freight transported, docked, and unloaded in a timely manner. Although this is important, the stress of ensuring that they’re transporting the equipment by the deadline can deadly.
To accommodate for their time, truck drivers may pick up the speed to reach their destination by the deadline. Although unforeseen traffic is an obstacle, they’re instructed to meet their goals and deadlines. One late shipment can throw off the entire delivery date. Speed is a major contribution in highway trucking accidents.
Another significant factor in trucking accidents is reckless driving. Due to the high stress and demanding pressure, truck drivers are forced to make quick decisions in order to get the cargo to its destination. In striving to meet their goals of a delivery being on time, they may not make the best decision, putting others at risk.
Reckless acts while operating a truck, full of cargo, can be a recipe for disaster. If you’re on the road and experiencing reckless behavior by any driver, especially ones pulling thousands of pounds of cargo, be sure to call in to report the driver. This could save your life and the lives of others.
Another strain on drivers is their fatigue. Due to the high demand of the business, many drivers are forced to be away from their homes for extended periods of time and with long hauls comes reduced time from behind the wheel.
When the pressure is on and the amount of sleep is low, there is significant increase of risk factors that fall into place. As the driver spends more time behind the wheel they become a high-level risk to themselves and other drivers. This can be in the form of drowsiness and careless decision making.
When operating big rigs, there is a required level of maintenance that should take place. The transportation industry is required by law to meet regulations by ensuring that equipment is performing and maintenance is kept.
Whether is an air leak in the tires, brakes, lights, or engine; these vehicles are required to have the issue fixed and a major way to ensure safety is routine maintenance. Faulty equipment can be a deadly mix on a major highway.
There are many contributors to highways accidents; however, when sharing the road with big rigs, these are major factors that can be prevented. If you notice any of these major contributors, have someone in your vehicle call it in, or remember the company name to have it reported. Doing your part can save lives and prevent a major trucking accident.