Quick Delivery Demands and the Impact on Road Safety
Since March, the hours-of-service regulations for commercial vehicles involved in COVID-19 relief have been lifted by the Department of Transportation (DOT). This means that all commercial drivers, including truck drivers, have no restrictions on the number of hours they would otherwise be permitted to drive on the road. The high demand for goods—such as hospital supplies, food, and other essential items to be delivered quickly—could negatively affect safety on the road. Here’s why.
Driver fatigue is one of the most common reasons why trucking accidents happen. Now that truck drivers are permitted to drive for as many hours as needed to quickly deliver essential goods, this could mean an increase in tired drivers on the road. Fatigued drivers could cause accidents due to slower reaction times, should they need to make a quick decision to avoid a crash.
Lack of Maintenance
When trucks are needed to be on the road longer, maintenance could fall to the wayside. Truck drivers and trucking companies are responsible for ensuring that all vehicles are properly inspected before use and should be on a regular maintenance schedule.
While the roads may not be as busy since most people are staying at home, this could prompt truck drivers to go over the speed limit to get to their destination faster. No matter how many motorists are on the road, speed limit laws are essential to keeping every driver safe.
Disobeying Safety Protocol
The DOT has written safety regulations for all trucking companies and their drivers to abide by. For example, truck drivers are not permitted to talk or text while driving. Failing to abide by DOT safety rules and trucking regulations could result in a serious trucking accident.
Improper Loading of Cargo
Rushing to get goods loaded up fast onto a truck could mean that it’s not adequately placed in the trailer. When cargo isn’t loaded and appropriately secured on a truck, cargo could shift and move out of place. This could cause the driver to lose control and have an accident if the truck is thrown off balance. A truck that is overloaded with too much cargo could also have the same impact and cause a crash.
Contact a Kansas City Truck Accident Lawyer
While defensive driving can reduce your risk of being involved in a truck accident, it can still happen at a moment’s notice. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a truck accident, we are here to help you. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight the toughest of insurance companies recover compensation for truck accident victims.
Call Peterson & Associates, P.C. today at 1 (816) 683-3278 to speak with an attorney about your potential case.