Driving a large truck isn’t simple, but that doesn’t mean that those driving should get a pass if they cause a collision. When a delivery truck driver makes errors, they put people’s lives at risk. It’s only fair that they are held accountable. In some cases, it’s important for their employers to be held accountable as well.
There are three common causes of large truck/delivery truck crashes that could easily be avoided. Those include:
- Traveling too quickly for the conditions
- Brake issues
- Driver fatigue
Here’s an example. Speeding, or traveling too quickly, is particularly hazardous when the act is performed by the driver of a large truck. These vehicles take longer to stop, so a speeding truck won’t be able to stop as easily as one that is following the speed limit. Additionally, stopping from higher speeds puts additional strain on the brakes.
Brake problems can include anything from the brakes failing suddenly due to a defect to the consequences of poor maintenance. Drivers should always take their vehicles to a mechanic if there is any sign of trouble with the brakes.
Finally, another major problem is driver fatigue. This can happen because drivers are bored, have been working long hours, didn’t get enough sleep, are ill or for any number of other reasons.
Drivers need to be responsible. The risk of serious injuries or death in a large truck crash is much higher than in other kinds of collisions. If you are struck by a delivery truck or large truck driver, then you may want to pursue a claim following the crash. They should be held responsible for their actions.