Considering the size of Texas, it’s easier to explore this large state by driving. Unfortunately, being out on any road means taking on the risk of being in an accident. With that in mind, research shows that accidents involving commercial trucks are increasing. Here are the three major reasons for this scary trend.
One factor in both car and truck accidents involves distracted driving. Whether it’s a smartphone, radio or other trucking-related equipment, it’s easy for some drivers to take their attention off their steering wheels. Unfortunately, even one moment of distraction from a truck driver can have potentially deadly results.
Truckers driving drowsy
An important part of driving safely means being well-rested. Unfortunately, many truck drivers work long hours with little to no time for rest. This creates a potentially dangerous situation anytime these drowsy drivers get behind the wheel.
Rising speed limits
No, this doesn’t mean speeding. Instead, it involves lawmakers raising the rates of speed limits throughout the nation. Some states allow drivers to travel at speeds upwards of 80 to 85 miles per hour. Large commercial trucks traveling at such fast speeds is a scary thing to think about. As commercial truck drivers travel faster due to higher speed limits, it can lead to an increased risk of accidents.
In closing, several factors are leading to a rise in accidents involving commercial vehicles. The next time you see a large commercial truck on the road, it might be wise to keep a safe distance from this automobile. You can also reduce your risk of being in an accident with another vehicle by avoiding driving while distracted or tired.