Truckers’ “Bad Driving Habits” Reported Catalyst in Many Crashes

Although federal safety regulators point to good news overall when it comes to motor vehicle crash statistics in the United States, their optimism does not extend to the legions of large trucks on America’s roads.

That conglomeration of vehicles – tractor-trailers, 18-wheel semis and other outsized conveyances – continues to pose a high risk to other drivers who share roads and highways with commercial haulers.

In truth, the state of the road where large trucks are concerned is pretty alarming. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities resulting from crashes involving commercial trucks reached a near 30-year high last year. Unsurprisingly, a clear majority of people dying in such accidents are motorists and passengers in other (and smaller) vehicles.

What gives, especially considering that deaths in accidents not involving big trucks are clearly trending downward?

Sadly, truckers’ distracted driving behaviors are reportedly a key nemesis that literally drives fatal crash outcomes. One recently retired trucking veteran commenting in a national media piece on truck-linked crash dangers laments that truck driving is “such a dangerous job with all the distracted drivers out there.” Many truckers say they routinely speed to keep on schedule. Another acknowledged problem is the progressive accumulation of on-board high-tech assists. Those can sometimes overwhelm drivers or, alternatively, breed an overreliance that results in behind-the-wheel attention lapses.

The bottom line is that highways and interstates in Indiana and nationally continue to pose distinct truck-linked dangers for occupants in smaller passenger vehicles.

Accidents involving big trucks often involve multiple and complex factors. The experienced Indianapolis-based personal injury attorneys at Tabor Law Firm have for many years provided diligent and tailored legal representation for victims of truck and other motor vehicle crashes. Our strong advocacy stresses accountability and a maximum money recovery in every case we handle.

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