Georgia drivers know how devastating any motor vehicle accident can be. With that being said, truck accidents tend to have a heavier impact due to their sheer size.
Most truck companies and truck drivers take every precaution possible to prevent accidents. Even the safest drivers still get into accidents, but knowing common causes can help minimize the risk.
Distracted driving and speeding
Distracted driving is the leading cause of any motor vehicle accident. When we think of distracted drivers, we think of the average driver in a smaller car, texting on their way to work – we don’t think of the truck driver operating the semi-truck in the next lane.
Even truck drivers fall victim to distracted driving. Many fleet companies will have policies in place about how to use their phone when driving, but distracted driving can come from your radio or even other drivers.
Speeding is also a common cause of truck accidents. Truck drivers often go under the posted speed limit because it’s harder for them to stop due to the vehicle’s size – so even going a little over the speed limit can be deadly.
Fatigue and weather conditions
Truck drivers will often drive for long periods of time, barely even stopping to stretch their legs let alone rest. As a result, many truck drivers – and drivers in general – will get behind the wheel while not feeling 100 percent awake and may become drowsy while driving.
Drowsy driving will slow your reaction time and make it hard to avoid accidents. This can be even deadlier if there are severe weather conditions, like rain or ice on the road.
If you’re in an accident with a truck
These accidents can have devastating consequences for all involved. If you get into an accident with a truck, it’s important to get their insurance information as well as their company information.
You’ll also want to document everything you can. While there are extensive training programs for truck drivers, it’s important to hold them accountable when things go wrong.