Truck accidents have a myriad of causes and every crash is unique. For example, a semi-truck driver may cause a collision due to fatigue after driving for too long, or a delivery truck driver may be responsible for an accident because they do not have very much experience and are not used to operating such a large vehicle. Prescription medication is another risk factor to consider when it comes to delivery truck accidents, and people take prescription drugs for many different reasons. Unfortunately, those whose driving ability is adversely impacted by prescription medication may cause an accident that leaves innocent people injured or claims lives.
There are many factors that can contribute to a large truck collision, from weather conditions during the time of an accident to traffic conditions and fatigue. However, drug use is especially concerning, and many of the deadly large truck crashes can be blamed on a trucker driving while under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Not only are illegal street drugs a major concern, but prescription drugs (even when they are taken in accordance with a doctor’s recommendations) can also lead to a deadly collision.
Driver fatigue can be extremely dangerous, and it often occurs when someone does not get a sufficient amount of sleep. For example, someone who has a chronic sleep-related problem, such as a sleep disorder, may struggle to remain alert behind the wheel. Or, someone who is tired because they did not sleep well during a particular night may also become fatigued. However, there are many other reasons why drivers suffer from fatigue, and this is especially concerning when it comes to those who operate large trucks.
Motorists understand the importance of having their vehicle checked regularly to ensure all of the parts are working properly. Similarly, large trucks should be inspected on a routine basis to make sure there are no defective parts. Neglected maintenance, system malfunctions or defective equipment on tractor trailers could lead to a catastrophic truck accident. Not surprisingly, trucks that have defective parts are more than twice as likely to get in an accident.
Large trucks are a force to be reckoned with on the roadways. In addition to their massive size, large trucks may have multiple trailers or have big loads that can cause issues when driving alongside other vehicles on the road. It only makes matters worse when truck drivers operate their tractor trailers while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Surprisingly, a number of truckers have been taken out of service after law enforcement officials found that they were driving under the influence. As a way to minimize the number of accidents caused by drunk truck drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has developed a Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.
Large trucks are a common sight on interstates and city roads. While you know that trucks are essential to move goods through Montana and across the country, you are also aware that they can pose a danger to you and your family, especially when you are traveling at high speeds. You might wonder if rollovers are one of these dangers.
When you drive alongside a massive tractor trailer on the Montana roadway, you may take for granted that the truck driver operating the large vehicle is fully trained and licensed to do so. You may be surprised to find out, however, that the truck driver may have former violations and should not be allowed to operate a truck at all or that the truck they are driving does not pass requirements to function on the road.
Truck drivers fill a vital role, transporting essential goods across Montana and throughout the country. Well trained and qualified truck drivers are crucial to ensure these products are delivered safely. The American Truck Associations report a shortage of 50,000 truck drivers in the U.S., and that there are not enough truck drivers on the road to keep up with the growing demand. This year alone, the amount of freight needing to be delivered grew by 4.2 percent, and by 2029, freight tonnage is expected to increase by 35.6 percent.
Truckers on Montana highways have a weighty responsibility. They are not just carrying our food supply and commercial products across the state. They are also shouldering the duty to do so safely, taking care to watch out for the motorists in much smaller vehicles traveling the roads beside them.
Truck drivers play an important role in the United States, distributing goods across Montana and throughout the United States. It can, however, be a dangerous practice for truckers who drive long hours and are continuously behind the wheel navigating alongside other vehicles. In some cases, truckers may drive for hours and days on end without taking adequate breaks or sleeping. Not only does this dangerous practice put their own lives at risk, but it increases the chances of causing a major catastrophic truck accident.