Commercial truck drivers have been known to drive an approximate 140 billion miles per year
, out of which every single driver drives an average of 100,000 miles (or more) per year. Keeping these numbers in mind, fatigue tends to be one of the most serious threats against the safety of these drivers and those who share the road with them.
For this reason, there are not many strict regulations regarding the hours of service each CDL operator is assigned on any given day of the week. These hours should also take into account how much rest is required by each driver. However, even despite these regulations, there is no guarantee that a well-rested driver will avoid fatigue and might just be tired because of external reasons. 2. Speeding
A truck that is hauling an extra load takes a lot more to bring to a complete stop as compared to any passenger vehicle. Due to their enormous weight, the brakes on these trucks have to exert more force to bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
In addition to these longer braking distances, every speeding trucker also has to deal with issues such as gravity and balance since they can cause the vehicle to roll or jackknife. These are just two reasons why truck drivers are required to maintain safe speeds throughout their assignments, although, like most non-commercial drivers, the temptation to go over the speed limit is always present. 3. Mechanical Failure
A semi-truck or an 18-wheeler is a very complex piece of machinery since they have been designed to haul loads along long distances securely and safely. This also means that commercial drivers have a lot to pay attention to with regards to maintenance.
Each commercial truck comes equipped with an extensive maintenance log which will turn out to be a central piece of information for the accident investigation, especially if the cause for the accident turns out to be the result of mechanical failures.
In some cases, this failure signifies that the truck driver is no longer liable for your accident and your attorney will not have to identify parties responsible for the maintenance of the truck (if, in fact, the driver wasn't responsible for it in the first place). 4. Drunk or Drugged Driving
As is the case with passenger vehicles, to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious problem among commercial drivers too. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that DUI is a huge contributing factor for many trucking accidents across the country.
Getting into an accident with a drunk or drugged commercial driver can be an exceptionally frustrating experience, because you know that if they had chosen to act responsibly, everyone would have avoided serious injuries. Since you've already suffered from their negligence, your Florida truck accident attorneys will fight to get the compensation you deserve. 5. Distracted Driving
Most drivers on the road will admit that fighting to drive effectively with distractions can oftentimes be a losing battle. Drivers are often trying to multitask and keep up-to-date via radios, GPS units, app alerts, text message notifications, etc. However, all of these gizmos can easily cause a distraction that ultimately leads to serious accidents.
Unfortunately, when commercial truck drivers are distracted by any one of these, they present a higher risk of catastrophic accidents, based on how heavy and/or large their vehicle is.