You have good reason to be wary around large trucks while driving around Texas. Being around 20 times heavier than the average passenger vehicle, big rigs can cause a lot of damage in a crash. It helps to know what the five most common causes of crashes are to help you avoid collisions.
If you are a truck driver in Texas or anywhere else across the United States, you may have experienced driver fatigue. This intense exhaustion occurs when drivers are mentally and physically tired at work. Driver fatigue leads to increased risks of accidents.
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.
The remains of tires are a familiar sight on highway shoulders in Texas and around the country. Commercial vehicle tires are designed to cope with heavy loads and function in extreme conditions, but they must be inflated correctly and checked regularly for damage and signs of wear. When these precautions are not taken, the chances of a blowout increase.
The answer to the above question is “very.” A jackknifing truck poses one of the most dangerous road situations with which you can come into contact. Why? Because no matter how experienced its driver, (s)he cannot control the truck once it begins jackknifing.
Distracted driving represents the number one cause of fatal car crashes in America. And talking or texting on your cellphone while you drive represents the number one distracted driving cause. Unfortunately, the National Safety Council reports that at any given time, 7% of all drivers are in fact using their cellphones. If you are one of those drivers, you may think you are safe because you believe the myth that hands-free cellphone usage equates to risk-free driving and you never actually hold your phone while talking or texting. This belief could get you seriously injured or even result in your death.
Commerce in Texas is based, in part, on businesses being able to transport their goods to other locations, whether they are going across the state or across the country. Semi-truck drivers are responsible for much of this transportation, but there are special rules they must follow in order to increase the chances that they will avoid causing truck accidents.