Poor Driver Training and Truck Maintenance. When it comes to commercial trucking companies, all drivers must meet a minimum amount of training hours, as well as other safety requirements, before they are allowed to drive a truck on public roads. The reality is that not every commercial trucking company or truck driver will actually meet their required safety guidelines. The result is that there are many poorly equipped drivers out on the road.
Furthermore, commercial trucking companies must maintain their trucks in reasonably good condition before they are allowed on the road. As trucking companies are primarily driven by profit, they may not always fully invest the time and money it takes to properly maintain their trucks. The result of cutting corners and failing to properly maintain their trucks is not only poorly trained drivers, but poorly trained drivers who are driving poorly maintained trucks.
Speeding: Truck drivers are under extreme pressure to meet their deadlines. As a result, commercial trucking companies will often pressure their drivers to get to their destinations within very strict time limits. Naturally, there are many factors which can cause delays, including traffic accidents and poor weather. Because of the tremendous stress that most truck drivers are under, it is common for them to speed in order to reach their destinations more quickly.
Fatigue: This is perhaps the most common cause for all trucking accidents. Most truck drivers become severely fatigued after driving several long hours over very long stretches of road, typically with little to no rest in between. As mentioned, truck drivers experience a great deal of pressure to meet their strict deadlines. As a result of this pressure, they don’t sleep enough and the accumulated fatigue may easily cause them to fall asleep at the wheel or become distracted, causing a serious accident.
Distracted Driving. It is not uncommon for a truck driver who has been driving for several hours to become bored or lose focus on the road. It often happens that a truck driver will start browsing the internet or respond to text messages on their phone. Another example of distracted truck driving is playing around with the stereo, causing a seemingly harmless distraction that can last a few seconds, but which can result in serious harm.
Drug And Alcohol Use. Due to the tremendous pressure truck drivers are under, it is very common for them to use drugs and alcohol while behind the wheel. This is sometimes done in order to relieve stress, but more often than not it is a way to just keep driving. Driving under the influence as a truck driver is especially egregious because all truck drivers, due to the sheer size of the vehicles they are driving, have an added duty of care while behind the wheel.