Los Angeles Truck Driver Negligence
Operating an 80,000-pound machine at high speeds can be dangerous enough, but when you combine that with negligence and unsafe driving, you have a recipe for disaster that may result in significant damage to property and serious bodily injury. Truck drivers and trucking companies must abide by federal and state laws that dictate proper operation of large trucks and tractor-trailer rigs on both state and federal highways. When that many pounds of metal and cargo collides with a 3,000-pound passenger vehicle, the results are often devastating. Severe injuries are not uncommon for both truck driver and other motorists, and sadly, fatalities often occur. Since we all share the same highways, it is important for drivers of passenger vehicles to know their own responsibility for ensuring truck safety. When a car abruptly cuts in front of a large truck with little to no warning, or when drivers enter a truck operator’s blind spot – accidents are not entirely the result of the truck operator. Despite these and other exceptions, large truck operators have a great responsibility to uphold safety while driving heavy machinery. Incidents of driver negligence often include:
- Insufficient Equipment Inspection: It is essential that large trucks and trailers undergo thorough inspection prior to and following long hauls to insure that equipment is properly functioning for optimal safety.
- Insufficient Cargo Loading and Balancing: Often weighing in at 80,000 pounds, it is crucial that truck operators and commercial trucking companies carefully distribute the weight of their cargo to maintain balance on all wheels, preventing instability and a potential roll over accident.
- Overloading: Trucks and trailers are designed to carry specific load weights and parameters to insure maximum efficiency and success. When trailers are overloaded, it compromises the structural integrity of the entire rig.
- Negligent Driving, including Tail-Gating and Aggressive Driving: Large rigs traveling at high speeds carrying heavy cargo are a ticking time bomb when combined with negligent and aggressive driving. Margin for error is greatly diminished, as is reaction time to road and driving hazards.
- Excessive Speeding: The reaction time to respond to road and driving hazards for a heavily loaded truck traveling at excessive speeds creates and unsafe situation for both truck operators and other motorists. The faster the speed, the harder it is to stop and react and the more dangerous the scenario.
- Distraction: One of the greatest hazards for large truck and trailer operators is distraction and not focusing on the road ahead. Recently, texting while driving has become an increasingly dangerous concern and truck drivers who are distracted by activities other than driving create dangerous situations for both themselves and other motorists.
- Insufficient Sleep: Creates a volatile situation when you combine drowsiness and nodding off at the wheel with a massive piece of machinery traveling at high speeds.
- Driving Under the Influence: Is highly illegal and responsible for the severe impairment of judgment and ability to safely operate machinery.
- Poor Driving Conditions, including Snow, Ice, Rain, etc: May cause large truck and trailer rigs to slide out of control, careening off of embankments or into other vehicles. Unstable rock and gravel may also contribute to accidents of this nature.
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