Truck Driver Errors
Helping People in the Greater Clearwater Area Pursue Compensation for Their
There are many different things that can contribute to a major commercial
truck accident. From defective safety equipment to malfunctions in the
truck itself, numerous factors can cause a driver to lose control of the
vehicle they are driving. Unfortunately, many commercial truck accidents
are caused by errors made by the truck driver. According to 2014
data collected by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,744 people died in truck accidents, while 88,000 suffered injuries.
Below, we tell you about truck driver errors that commonly cause accidents.
Improperly Loaded Cargo
The main goal of a trucking company is to move the greatest amount of cargo
in the shortest amount of time possible. Because of this goal, truck drivers
will often overload or fail to properly secure their cargo to keep up
their company deadlines. This type of error can create a dangerous situation
for all drivers who are on the road, especially if the truck is travelling
at normal highway speeds. Examples of improperly loaded cargo include:
Partially Loaded Cargo: Trucks that have partially loaded liquids can slosh back and forth when
traveling. This movement can alter the vehicle’s center of gravity
and can make the truck more likely to be involved in rollover accidents.
Unsecured Cargo: Loose cargo can sometimes fly into oncoming traffic. Unsecured cargo can
also shift dangerously during transport, which might cause the truck to overturn.
Oversized or Overloaded Cargo: Drivers and their maintenance crews sometimes overload their vehicle with
cargo to maximize their numbers. Although this can be caused by poor training,
drivers who choose to overload the cargo in their truck can be found negligent
if their actions cause an accident.
When a truck driver becomes tired or drowsy, their reaction time is significantly
slower and their decision making capabilities are weakened. Commercial
truck drivers have to adhere to certain driving limits set by the FMCSA.
Truck drivers can work a maximum of 14 hours a day and can drive for 11
hours a day. Truck drivers also have to be off work for 10 consecutive
hours before they can start working another shift. Unfortunately, many
truck drivers fail to meet these guidelines and end up driving while they
are fatigued, ultimately leading to a deadly accident.
Drug & Alcohol Use
Although there are numerous explicit laws regarding operation of a vehicle
under the influence of drugs or alcohol, many truck divers continue to
work after they have consumed these substances. Drugs and alcohol can
greatly reduce the reaction time and basic skills needed to control a
commercial truck. Truck companies are supposed to test their drivers for
drug and alcohol use before they are hired.
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