It is no secret that 18-wheelers are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Trucking companies have regulations in place for their drivers to follow in order to promote safety, and yet trucking fatalities are at a 30-year high. So what regulations are truck drivers violating while driving on our roads?
Truck drivers cannot allow their trucks to be loaded in just any manner. If a truck bed is improperly loaded, it can cause a balance issue that results in a truck falling over in high winds or tight turns. A falling truck can be fatal for the multiple cars and passengers underneath the truck, which is why proper loading is essential.
Like most jobs, there is a limit to how much a truck driver can work in a day and week and when they need to take breaks. Suppose a driver ignores these regulations to get ahead on their delivery schedule or any other weekend. In that case, it can cause the driver to become fatigued, making a danger to those around them.
Like any tool on a job, trucks need to receive proper maintenance in order to safely and reliably function. If a driver is neglecting their truck’s maintenance to save time or money, the consequences can cost other drivers their lives.
You can hold reckless drivers accountable
Truck drivers have a responsibility to ensure that they are driving safely while they are working. When they break their regulations, they are taking their own safety and the safety of those around them for granted. If you were a victim of this kind of recklessness, make sure you work with your attorney to secure the compensation you deserve to cover your injury costs.