Every time we get in our cars or trucks, there is some risk of getting into an accident. However, there are certain behaviors and time periods that can increase this risk.
Fatigue is a major concern in the trucking industry. Between high demand for goods to be delivered by truck and the troubling shortage of truckers, drivers are putting in a lot of hours on the road. And despite regulations in place to curb excessive driving, the fact is that many truckers are putting their lives and the lives of other motorists in danger by being on the road too long.
Commercial vehicles that transport goods and people are held to a high standard with regard to inspections and safety equipment; the drivers of these vehicles are held to a higher standard as well. And while people might think that these standards only apply to truckers and the tractor-trailers that drive across the country, the fact is that they apply to all commercial vehicles and drivers, including those that transport people.
Finding a parking spot does not seem like a concerning issue for most drivers. Beyond being an annoyance or minor inconvenience, parking typically does not leave an impression on people.
Operating a commercial-sized truck is demanding and complicated. Truckers must have the appropriate licensing and training, and they must comply with strict regulations that are in place to keep everyone safe. However, there are truckers who fail to meet these criteria and truckers who take avoidable risks.
Did you know that there are currently about 63,000 truck driving positions open in the United States? This labor shortage is worrisome, and reports state that it may not be getting any better. And it's not just affecting consumers dealing with price increases and delivery delays.
Every time people get behind the wheel of their car or truck, there is at least some risk of getting into an accident. However, summertime comes with a higher risk of accident than other times of year, especially with regard to distracted driving.
In previous posts, we have discussed the fact that truckers -- and all motorists, in fact -- can cause catastrophic accidents when they are distracted by their cellphones while driving. Sadly, despite the well-known and well-publicized risks of using a phone behind the wheel, people all across Albuquerque continue to do it.
Truck accidents are among the most devastating types of collisions. Every year, thousands of people die in these crashes; many more get injured.
Every driver has an obligation to be safe and comply with the laws behind the wheel. However, these laws vary between states and among drivers. For instance, truck drivers must comply with different rules regarding licensing, impairment and distraction.