Large commercial trucks pose an incredibly high risk for accidents simply due to their large size and weight. Semis with trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Even without a load, a truck and trailer can weigh 35,000 pounds. Additionally, these vehicles are four to five times longer than conventional cars.
Due to their size, anything that goes wrong with a truck in terms of damage is amplified. When regular passenger vehicles get into accidents due to speeding or driver negligence, they can cause significant damage. Just think then how much more damage can be caused when a truck driver is driving negligently or over the posted speed limit.
When it Comes to Truck Drivers & Speeding, the Statistics Are Scary.
According to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), speeding is the most common driver-related factor in crashes that involve large commercial trucks. In fact, in a 2008 National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, researchers found that 21% of all fatal crashes involved truck driver who was driving too fast for weather conditions or over the legal speed limit. Not only that, but almost 18% of the truck drivers involved in fatal truck accidents had at least one prior speeding conviction on their record.
Why Do Truck Drivers Break Speeding Laws?
In spite of the danger, many truck drivers tend to speed. They often do so because of pressure from their employers. Due to pressing shipping deadlines, many truck drivers are under an intense amount of pressure.
For this reason, truck drivers are often guilty of speeding or cutting corners when it comes to road safety. Unfortunately, this also puts other drivers on American roadways at significant risk.
Because of the dangers of speeding, trucking companies should encourage their drivers to drive under the speed limit and to take all necessary precautions. It is not enough to encourage driver safety while also pushing for deadlines that would appear to require unsafe speeds. Trucking companies must be part of the solution when it comes to semi-truck driver safety, not part of the problem. Employer negligence can be a serious contribution to the issue of speeding.
Speeding Truck Drivers Endanger Others
Speeding is more of a problem for truck drivers than you might think. Traveling at a velocity above 55 or 60 miles per hour is incredibly dangerous for large commercial trucks. This is because vehicles of that size take significantly longer to stop than conventional passenger vehicles.
This means that the collision risk is much higher for truck drivers than it is for most American drivers. Speeding is always dangerous, but especially when the driver in question is operating a massive vehicle that is many times larger than other vehicles sharing the road with him / her.
To name a few, truck driver speeding may result in:
I Was Hurt Due to a Speeding Truck Driver. What Should I Do?
If you were involved in an accident caused by a speeding truck driver, we would encourage you to speak with a truck accident attorney from our firm immediately. At Arnold & Itkin, we have ample experience in helping injured victims achieve maximum recoveries. We understand how to fight for your rights, and we’re prepared to go to bat for you.
Truck drivers need to be held accountable for negligent driving practices. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established a number of regulations to promote driver compliance and the safety of American roadways, where millions of trucks routinely transport goods and equipment every year. If your accident and injury resulted from truck driver negligence, then you should know that you are entitled to a personal injury claim.
Tough Advocacy from the Team at Arnold & Itkin
These types of accidents usually don't cause minor injuries; unfortunately they usually result in major damage. These damages need to be compensated for by the responsible party or parties, which may include the truck driver and / or trucking company involved in your accident. Arnold & Itkin is prepared to fight aggressively and effectively on your behalf in order to see that you get the compensation that you deserve.
For a free case evaluation, call our Houston truck accident firm today.