Large trucks are not merely clogging traffic and belching diesel fumes. Also, they represent a potential threat to the well-being of everyone on the road. When a 40-ton tractor trailer collides with a passenger vehicle, the impact is like a bomb. Lives can be forever changed. In short, we need to find a way to prevent truck accidents.
The main reason for truck crashes can not only be on truck drivers. Contributing factors are also the car drivers. But they are a small percentage compared to truck drivers and their employers.
The FMCSA determined a critical reason for each truck crash.As a result, the conclusion says commercial truck drivers are often overworked, driving rigs in bad shape. In accidents where the truck driver or the truck itself was deemed at fault, this is what went wrong:
• Decisions (42 percent) – Speeding or driving too fast for conditions, tailgating or aggressive driving, illegal maneuvers
• Recognition (35 percent) – Inattention, lax surveillance, internal or external distractions
• Performance (7 percent) – Overcompensation, hesitation.
• Non-Performance (3 percent) – Sickness, fatigue, falling asleep.
• Vehicle (8 percent) – Bald tires, worn brakes, broken lights.
Other than that, another huge reason for potential crashes is the distraction. It’s hard to stay focused when you drive up to 500 miles a day. Like other motorists, smartphones and other electronic diversions are tempting truck drivers. Truckers have been caught texting, viewing videos and watching full-length movies behind the wheel of a 40-ton rig.
Firstly, when a trucking company puts a truck driver on the road, it has a duty to the public to ensure its drivers are qualified and well-trained. The company policies must promote safe driving behaviors. Unfortunately, many trucking companies fall short of – or deliberately ignore – this goal.
In addition, they must conduct diligent background checks of a driver’s record. Most importantly, any past alcohol or drug-related driving convictions or loss of commercial driver’s license status. Large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2018 had the highest percentage (20.3%) of older recorded crashes compared to drivers of other vehicle types.
Are you taking necessary precautions on the road? Are you feeling safe? Let us know in the comments