Truck accidents are incredibly devastating, and it is usually the smaller vehicle and their occupants who suffer the most. Unfortunately, many of these crashes are due to companies pushing their drivers too hard to meet impossible deadlines.
Trucking companies are under a lot of pressure to deliver large amounts of goods quickly. But a lack of drivers and limited schedules means pushing working drivers to their limits. As a result, situations develop that make accidents more likely.
Driving in bad weather
Unsafe driving results when truckers have to stay on schedule even when they should stay off the road. Bad weather conditions should make drivers pull over and wait for it to pass, but when they must stay on schedule, they push through.
Driving when tired
Another situation is when drivers get on the road when they have not had adequate sleep. Drowsy driving is equal to drunk driving and leads to many crashes. The government puts restrictions in place to help ensure drivers do not get behind the wheel without proper rest, but some companies find ways around the regulations, which results in tired drivers behind the wheel.
Driving too fast
Speeding is a leading factor in all types of accidents, but it is even worse in truck accidents. The increased speed coupled with the large size and weight of the vehicle only enhances the potential for extreme damages in a crash.
Unrealistic expectations often create the perfect storm for truck accidents. Pushing drivers too hard can make drivers take risks that increase the chances they will crash.