Common Unsafe Trucking Practices
The trucking industry is subject to detailed safety regulations. Due to the generous size of commercial trailers, when accidents occur, they are more likely to result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities than passenger car accidents. Unfortunately, trucking companies and some drivers often cut corners when it comes to following these regulations to increase their profit margin. Inadequately trained drivers, unrealistic schedules, and employer negligence can result in devastating truck accidents. Some common examples include:
- Distracted driving. Truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel, and driving can be monotonous. Truck drivers may turn to their smart phones to alleviate boredom on the road. However, texting and driving is not the only distraction that truckers engage in. In the time a truck driver takes his eyes off the road to send a text, eat, or look at a GPS, the truck can easily travel hundreds of yards, potentially causing a serious crash.
- Drowsy driving. Truck drivers frequently suffer from fatigue. This can be caused by unrealistic deadlines imposed by their employers or long hours on the road. Sleep apnea, a common ailment among truck drivers, can cause a driver to fall asleep involuntarily.
- Speeding. Truck drivers have deadlines to meet, and the faster they reach their destination, the more favorably their employer may look upon them, especially since carriers are subject to financial penalties for late deliveries. Because of their size, it takes commercial trucks longer to stop than other vehicles, making speeding particularly dangerous.
- Improperly loaded cargo. When a truck is overloaded with cargo or the cargo is unbalanced, a host of mechanical and operational problems like blowouts, brake failure, and capsizing can occur.
- Improper maintenance. Federal regulations require that truck drivers and their employers regularly maintain the fleet. For example, drivers are required to check their vehicle at the start of every shift and submit a vehicle maintenance report. It is common that truckers and their employers forego these required safety checks and drive trucks with worn out brake pads or thinned tires, endangering everyone on the road.
South Jersey Truck Accident Lawyers at Williams Cedar Advocate for Victims of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents result in a higher rate of fatalities than other accidents. Unfortunately, they occur too often as a result of violations of safety regulations and the “rules of the road.” If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, call the experienced South Jersey truck accident lawyers at Williams Cedar today at 856-874-7500 or 215-557-0099 or submit an online inquiry. We have offices in Haddonfield, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to serve clients throughout South Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County.