Commercial trucks regularly travel through Oklahoma. Certain trends can lead to truck accidents, which can be devastating. These are the common factors that come into play.
Truck drivers have long working hours and often don’t take breaks to rest. As a result, driver fatigue can result in a commercial truck accident. Truckers need to take periodic breaks to refresh themselves so that they can safely drive.
The trucking company is required to fully train all employees. However, sometimes, the company tries to cut corners by failing to do that. If a truck driver is inadequately trained for handling a huge commercial truck, there is a much higher likelihood of accidents occurring. Victims sharing the roads with these trucks end up suffering catastrophic injuries and even death.
A common trend that often results in truck crashes is speeding. Truck drivers might be inclined to travel over the speed limit due to their schedules. If the trucking company requires them to get from point A to point B in an unrealistically short period of time and encourages drivers to rush, it can pose significant risks to everyone on the road.
Distracted driving is one of the biggest reasons behind commercial truck accidents. When a truck driver uses a cellphone, it causes their attention and hands to be diverted from the road and handling the truck. Even if they are distracted for a few seconds, there may be deadly consequences. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association discovered in a study that distractions account for around 71% of truck crashes.
All of these factors can lead to horrific crashes involving huge trucks. If you were injured in such an accident, hold the at-fault party responsible.