The Causes Of Trucking Accidents
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Drivers must adhere to federal regulations about how many hours a day they can be behind the wheel. They must keep detailed logs about their driving hours. When truck drivers spend too many hours driving — either by their own choice or under pressure from employers — the resulting fatigue can lead to less cautious driving.
Lack Of Maintenance
Trucking companies must maintain brakes, tires and engines, along with addressing a host of other issues to ensure trucks are safe to be on the road. Trailers and loads must also be properly secured. When a problem occurs such as a tire blowout, the results can be catastrophic for the truck driver and other nearby cars.
Drunk Or Distracted Driving
Just like in any other vehicle, truck drivers cannot get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol to excess. The difference is that in Pennsylvania, a truck driver cannot drive with a blood alcohol content higher than .04. An individual driving a regular vehicle cannot operate a motor vehicle with a BAC higher than .08. Additionally, some truck drivers take amphetamines to try and stay awake.
Speeding Or Other Traffic Violations
Truck drivers must adhere to the same laws as everyone else on the road. Additionally, in a state like Pennsylvania, where the interstates and Pennsylvania Turnpike have many twists, turns and steep ascents and descents, truck drivers need to drive at an appropriate speed for the conditions.
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