Collisions happen. From a minor fender bender to a full-on collision, roads seem to be more and more dangerous every day. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA), truck accidents have increased by 20% over the past two decades. Commercial truck drivers are generally considered above-average drivers because of their extensive training, but no one is exempt from the hazards of being on the road. Below we have outlined a few of the most common factors that contribute to accidents involving commercial vehicles.
Traffic accidents can occur anytime. The probability of being involved in an accident dramatically increases at certain times. Out of all crashes, 83% happened on weekdays, and 35% occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. More drivers on the road during evening and overnight routes create stress leading to negligent collisions. Dim lighting can also impact drivers’ ability to handle unexpected risks.
60% of crashes involving commercial vehicles occur on rural roads. Highly populated areas provide more hazards, therefore drivers are more attentive. In rural areas, there are fewer people making the roads seem emptier which may result in drivers being more careless with driving habits.
Accidents are not limited by age. They can happen to anyone; however, accidents are more likely to occur when a driver is between the ages of 18 to 34. The odds increase in this age group due to distracted driving. Other factors include lack of experience or time on the road. Driving expertise comes with more time and extensive training.
Although every collision on the road is different, many can be attributed to two main causes: driver fatigue and equipment failure. Most drivers are on the road for many hours, covering long distances with very little rest. Combine this with pressures of the job, and it’s no surprise that 87% of crashes were due to driver fatigue.
10% of crashes are due to poorly maintained trucks and equipment. Poorly maintained trucks and equipment can result in an array of accidents regardless of the driver’s capabilities. Trucks should ideally be in top condition before hitting the road but this is not always the case. Always conduct pre and post trip inspections to ensure your vehicle is ready for duty.
At Centerline, our priority is our driver’s safety. Accidents happen, that’s why being informed is the first step in being prepared.
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