Truck accidents have the power to devastate victims with catastrophic injuries and the damages they suffer. Several negligent truck driver behaviors can lead to truck accidents and liability for drivers to their victims.
Truck driver fatigue
Semi-truck drivers oftentimes spend long hours traveling on the road as part of their job. They may be out on the road for days or weeks at a time. Truck drivers may suffer from exhaustion as a result. Truck driver fatigue can leave truck drivers unfit and impaired to drive. Truck drivers need to take adequate rest breaks and get adequate sleep and remain safe behind the wheel.
Truck driver distraction
Truck driver distraction can impair truck drivers and render them as dangerous as a driver impaired by drugs or alcohol. If truck drivers are distracted by their phone or the radio, it will reduce their ability to respond to concerns on the roadway in front of them. Distracted drivers are more likely to cause crashes and truck drivers are no exception and should always refrain from driver distraction.
Reckless driver behaviors such as speeding, frequently changing lanes or running red lights can lead to accidents. This is also true when truck drivers engage in reckless driving behaviors. These negligent driving behaviors can be dangerous and increase the likelihood of a collision.
Semi-trucks are significantly larger than passenger vehicles they share the roadways with and have reduced navigation abilities. An accident with a semi-truck can result in serious injuries and death. It is important that truck accident victims understand that legal protections such as a personal injury claim for damages can help protect them and may help them recover compensation for their damages and injuries suffered.