Despite the fact that commercial truck drivers are held to a much higher
standard than regular drivers, many of these individuals engage in dangerous
behaviors that lead to serious accidents and serious injuries. If you
or a loved one has been hurt in a
trucking accident, contact our Altoona truck accident attorneys today to seek fair compensation.
If you’ve been hurt, call our firm today for a
free case consultation.
1. Illegal & Prescription Drug Use
Illicit drugs and prescription drugs alike can be a major contributor to
serious trucking accidents. Drugs can impact your reaction time, decision
making ability, and can cause drowsiness behind the wheel. Due to the
size and weight of trucks, reacting even a second slower can cause a major crash.
Commercial truck drivers are often under intense pressure to meet strict
deadlines, and it’s not uncommon for them to speed when trying to
make up time. Unfortunately, speeding drastically reduces the time a driver
has to react to dangers up ahead, and faster trucks can cause far more
serious damage than those traveling at the speed limit.
3. Failure to Look
Big rigs are notorious for having huge blind spots and otherwise limited
visibility. For that reason, it should come as no surprise that a driver’s
failure to check these blind spots can lead to major accidents. This negligent
behavior is often associated with accidents where trucks merge into other
cars, or crush cars while trying to make a turn.
4. Driver Fatigue
Although accidents involving overtired drivers are not as widespread as
once thought, driver fatigue is still a major contributing factor to many
accidents. As previously mentioned, the pressure of meeting deadlines
can cause drivers to push themselves, driving longer hours than they are
safely able to. When you are tired behind the wheel, your reaction time
can be significantly slowed.
5. Other Drivers
Although negligent truck drivers are often responsible for these crashes,
many are caused by the negligent or reckless action of other drivers.
When people drive their cars aggressively around 18-wheelers, they can
put themselves in very dangerous situations. A number of accidents have
been caused by people cutting off truck drivers, not realizing how much
room these vehicles need to stop.
Don’t let the negligence of a truck driver cost you more than it
already has. Call (814) 705-4741 to get started.