Most truck drivers drive extremely well. They know the limits of their vehicles and the damage they can do to themselves and others if they fail to take their job responsibilities seriously. Unfortunately, some just make mistakes – as do all drivers.
If you’ve recently been involved in a collision with a large truck, understanding the cause(s) of your situation will be key to building a compensation claim. The following are some common errors that truck drivers make that can lead to a crash.
Pushing on when too tired drive
Truck companies hold drivers to tight schedules, just as their clients hold them to tight schedules. That pressure can result in drivers pushing hard to make a destination when what they need to do is stop and rest.
Trying to beat tiredness through artificial means
One study found that truck drivers who drank more coffee were more likely to crash. It’s probably because they drank large quantities to try and keep themselves awake. Other drivers rely on energy drinks or even amphetamines to keep on trucking when they really should stop. While certain substances can increase alertness temporarily, they cannot do so indefinitely.
Trying to make up for lost time
Let’s say a driver took a break because they knew they needed one. Or that they got delayed in traffic. Now they are under even more pressure from their boss and the place they are delivering to or picking up from to make it on time. That could cause them to take risks they would not normally take, such as speeding or making risky overtaking maneuvers.
While a truck driver may be the one who makes the ultimate mistake that causes a crash, sometimes they are not the only ones to blame. If you can show the trucking company placed undue pressure on their driver, you may be able to hold them responsible as part of your injury compensation claim.