Getting goods from one place to another is the essential function of a truck driver. Semi-trucks are responsible for transporting a high percentage of consumer goods, including groceries, cars and construction components.
Fatal accidents involving semi-trucks are not declining. What are some of the reasons for this? With all the safety regulations truckers must comply with, a reasonable expectation is accidents would fall, not rise. Take a look at some of the things that may contribute to truck accidents.
More vehicles on the road
Commutes are getting longer. A contributing factor to this crush may have to do with the number of vehicles on the road. As suburbs extend city boundaries and max out routes, the crush of cars and trucks may build, especially in Georgia. The more people take to the road, the higher the chance of accidents. This trend contributes to the rate of incidents between semis and cars. Often, too, semi accidents may involve more than just two vehicles. With the sheer size of a tractor-trailer, there is a higher probability that more cars will face involvement in the collision.
Distractions inside and outside the cab
In the past, the primary safety concern concerning truckers was fatigue. Laws enacted and modified over the years have limited the number of hours a driver may travel before taking mandatory breaks. Currently, the leading cause of truck driver accidents may have to do with distractions. Smartphone use behind the wheel is tempting for truckers just as it is for those in cars. Eating and drinking while driving also plays a part in a trucker’s eyes leaving the road. These common distractions may cause a loss of concentration and result in a catastrophic accident.
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