As a driver, you must come to the realization that sharing the road with truckers is a must. This holds true regardless of where you live or the types of roads you are traveling on.
What you don’t want to get used to is the fact that some truckers and trucking companies do not obey the rules of the road and the laws that have been set forth.
Here are five of the most common causes of truck accidents:
1. Driver fatigue. When a truck driver is tired, regardless of the reason for this, the chance of an accident is much greater. There are laws in place to limit how long drivers can stay on the road without a break, but these are not always adhered to.
2. Drug and alcohol use. The use of drugs, both prescription and illegal, as well as alcohol, is a common cause of truck accidents. When a trucker’s reaction time is impacted by a substance, the chance of an accident increases.
3. Speeding. It goes without saying that a truck that is speeding is one that has a higher probability of causing an accident. Due to the size and weight, the faster a truck is traveling the more damage it will cause in the event of a collision.
4. Distracted driving. From talking on the phone to programming a GPS system, a distracted trucker is one who is taking a big risk.
5. Negligent driving. From forgetting to check a blind spot to running somebody off the road, there are many ways a trucker can act negligently while behind the wheel.
When driving in close proximity to one or more truck, do your best to remain safe at all times. The five causes of truck accidents above are extremely common, but there are others that could lead to a collision as well.
If you have been injured in a Wisconsin truck accident, contact us to discuss your case and receive professional advice.