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What are 3 reasons semitruck drivers get into crashes?

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2020 | Truck Accidents

If you have to drive on the highway, you have probably been around semitrucks in the past. These large vehicles take up a lot of space, and the drivers can’t always see well around them. Unfortunately, drowsiness, drinking, and other factors may impact the driver’s ability to maneuver safely. Here are three of the most common reasons that truck drivers cause collisions, so you can watch for them and avoid a crash yourself.

1. Fatigue

Drivers have long days and long drives. Sometimes, they don’t take breaks like they should.

Unfortunately, nodding off even for a second could lead to a serious crash. If you see a truck driver who is going in and out of the lane or who is weaving oddly, call 911.

2. Inexperience

When the trucking industry hires younger drivers and those who are not experienced, there is always a risk that they’ll make mistakes that end up causing a crash. If you see a driver who is speeding, driving unsafely or otherwise making errors on the road, call 911 and ask officers to check in with them.

3. Excessive speed

Most drivers are limited in how quickly they can travel because they are carrying heavy loads. If you see a truck driver who is going over the posted speed limit or who seems to be traveling too quickly for the conditions, you can call the police. In the meantime, give the driver more space, so you can keep yourself safe.

These are three reasons truck drivers get into crashes. If you lose a loved one in a truck crash, remember that you may have a wrongful death claim against the driver or their company.