In 2014, there were 3,978 crashes that involved trucks and buses. While this is a decrease from 2013, the crash number is still high.
Truck drivers struggle with driving for long periods and unable to find adequate places to stop and rest when they get tired. As a result, many drivers keep going even though they’re exhausted because they need to find a place to pull over. This makes them unsafe drivers and a danger to themselves and others on the road.
Unfortunately, this can lead to truck accidents and cause severe injuries and damages. Dealing with medical expenses and lost work can cause a lot of emotional and financial stress. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident and you need help, the truck accident lawyers at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia are here for you. We understand what hardships you’re going through and will do all we can to get you the compensation you need so you can recover.
As a driver, you have to pay attention to many things to stay safe. You’re watching the speed limit, staying aware of other drivers around you, and need to be ready in case you have to make a quick decision like hitting the brakes or pulling off the road. When you encounter trucks on the highway, it’s important to observe their driving behavior and see if they’re following the rules of the road.
What Are the Signs of a Reckless Truck Driver?
Reckless truck drivers aren’t difficult to spot on the road. You should always be wary of large trucks on the road. Make sure to give them plenty of space and watch out for these behaviors:
- Swerving. A swerving truck driver could be intoxicated or not paying attention to the road. They could also be a distracted driver. Texting, using GPS, and even eating and drinking will take a driver’s attention from driving.
- Speeding. Trucks going above the speed limit are dangerous to themselves and others because they need more time to slow down. They won’t have enough time to brake or avoid another car if they’re a situation where they have to react quickly.
- Not Using Their Signal. Trucks that don’t signal lane changes and turns run the risk of colliding with other cars.
- Tailgating. If a truck is following another car too closely, they might crash into it if the car has to slow down or stop.
- Ignoring Driving Conditions. Snow, ice, and heavy rain make the road slippery and lowers visibility. A truck going too fast for the current conditions increases the chance of getting into an accident.
When you see a dangerous truck driver, know that it’s not safe to be on the road with them. You don’t have to keep up with the truck to make a report. Pull over safely and call the police about the truck driver. You can also contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration if you witnessed a dangerous truck driver in a past event. Their phone number is 1-888-DOT-SAFT (368-7238) or submit a complaint online.