Trucking companies in Texas have good reason to monitor their fleet for harsh driving. First, harsh driving, characterized as it is by sudden acceleration, hard braking and rapid turns, can indicate aggression and a lack of concern for others’ safety.
Harsh driving, also known as “lead foot” syndrome, has been linked to many a rear-end collision. Tailgating drivers brake hard to avoid such a collision, but in some cases, they do so too late. Harsh braking can be connected, too, with truck drivers hydroplaning, skidding or jackknifing, especially when the roads are wet or icy.
Besides the safety risks, harsh driving is simply uneconomical. Experts say that sudden acceleration, as opposed to traveling at one steady speed, costs a fleet an extra three miles per gallon. Hard braking wears out the brakes sooner, damaging the metal components and causing the brake pads to become glazed. And lastly, harsh driving does no favors to the environment as it emits certain harmful gases.
Accelerometers monitor harsh driving, and their increasing availability and accessibility over the years should make them a regular part of more and more truck fleets. The accelerometer, upon detecting harsh maneuvers, can trigger a report and generate an alert. Trucking companies consider these steps for truck safety and for the public’s safety in general.
If trucking companies fail to enforce safety regulations among their fleet, they may soon face a claim in the wake of a crash. Though the majority of truck accidents are the fault of passenger vehicle drivers, there are times when truckers can act aggressively or negligently. Victims who think they have good reason for a claim may want a lawyer to confirm this. The lawyer may go further and assist with the settlement negotiations and, if necessary, the litigation process.