Truck Driver Habits that Can Lead to Serious Crashes
In recent years, an estimated 3.1 million commercial drivers were licensed in the United States, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These drivers are responsible for operating large trucks to safely transport goods across the country on a regular basis. However, the FMCSA also reported about 329,000 crashes involving commercial vehicles in 2016. Many of these crashes were caused by dangerous habits of truck drivers, which can include the following:
Drugs and alcohol - Despite the knowledge of the serious dangers of impaired driving, using drugs and alcohol is an issue for many commercial drivers. These substances may be used as stimulants to stay awake, to fight boredom, to self-medicate depression or anxiety, and more. Whatever the reason, using drugs and alcohol is often the cause of severe truck accidents and injuries.
Driving while fatigued - The FMCSA has strict regulations to prevent fatigued truck driving. However, drivers do not always comply with these regulations and may try to push through fatigue to stay on schedule. This can lead to falling asleep at the wheel and fatal crashes.
Impatient or aggressive driving - Truck drivers are in a hurry to stay on schedule and may become impatient with slower traffic on the highway. This can lead to excessive speeding, tailgating, or other dangerous maneuvers intended to intimidate other drivers into moving out of their way.
Distractions - While commercial drivers are banned from using handheld devices, they can easily become bored and turn to their smartphones for entertainment or to stay in touch with loved ones. Distracted driving is always hazardous, and especially so for drivers of 80,000-pound trucks.Discuss Your Situation with a Phoenix Truck Accident Attorney Today
If a truck driver engages in a dangerous habit that causes injuries, the driver should be held fully accountable for their actions and for the losses of accident victims. At Abels & Annes, P.C. in Phoenix, our truck accident lawyers have protected the rights of numerous crash victims. For a free consultation, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 602-819-5191 today.