Reasons Why Truck Drivers Make Mistakes on the Road
When a truck driver acts unreasonably under the circumstances, you may be entitled to financial compensation. This includes when they make mistakes on the road. Here are some causes of truck driver error.
Trucking companies have a legal obligation to use reasonable care when hiring drivers. They must also ensure that the drivers are trained and qualified before they head out onto the road. The truth is that there is a truck driver shortage, and many trucking companies will put operators behind the wheel who do not know how to drive a tractor-trailer. Operating a truck is all about experience and judgment, and drivers who lack those could cause a risk for others.
Truck drivers are operating under deadlines to make their deliveries. Federal rules require them to take rests at certain intervals, but drivers do not always follow the rules when they are under pressure. Even when they take the mandatory breaks, drivers could still get tired towards the end of their shifts. Fatigued driving slows down a trucker’s reflexes and impairs their judgment.
Truck drivers may try to multitask during long highway stretches. Behind the wheel for hours, they could pick up their phone to send a text or check social media. Even eating could take their focus off the road. In the few seconds where the truck driver takes their eyes off the road, the truck could travel the length of a football field. Truck drivers are not allowed to hold, reach for or look at their phones while driving, but many don’t follow the law.
Contact a Beverly Hills Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, legal help is a must. Contact a Beverly Hills truck accident lawyer at Jalilvand Law online or call us at 310.478.5800 for your free initial consultation.