Signs of a Dangerous Truck Driver

Signs of a Dangerous Truck Driver

All of us who have driven or ridden in a motor vehicle have seen the signs of dangerous drivers. From speeding to stopping suddenly to running stop signs, there are many obvious warning signs when someone on the road is engaging in reckless driving behavior. Those behaviors are dangerous for everyone on or near the roads, including pedestrians and bicyclists; however, when a big rig or truck driver is driving this way, the potential for damages is much higher. This is why it’s important for everyone on the road to know how to watch out for signs of a dangerous truck driver.

A trucker who drives without a care for others with which they share the roads is much more dangerous because of the size, weight, and force a truck can exert on impact in a trucking accident. Sometimes this carelessness happens because of improper training but other times it happens because truckers are overworked and driving while exhausted.

Six Warning Signs of a Reckless Trucker

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 300,000 accidents involving large trucks occur each year. Passenger vehicle drivers should always watch out for 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles. They should give big rigs plenty of space and also keep an eye out for the following signs of a dangerous truck driver:

  1. Swerving: If a truck driver is swerving, there can be many reasons why but all of them are dangerous. The driver may be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, have an emergency medical condition rendering them unable to safely maneuver their vehicle, or not paying attention to the road. Making sudden lane changes can also risk shifting cargo, making the truck unsteady and leading to rollover accidents. Swerving trucks can cause jackknife accidents, which are one of the deadliest types of trucking crashes.
  2. Speeding: It is dangerous for any driver to travel at speeds above the posted speed limit, but for big trucks, this behavior is even more perilous. Trucks traveling above the speed limit are more dangerous than speeding cars because they take far more time to slow down and stop when needed – they take a lot longer to brake, swerve, or stop in situations where they may have to quickly react. For example, trucks traveling at 55 miles per hour can take over 500 feet to come to a complete stop.
  3. Failure to Obey Traffic Signs and Signals: Truck drivers who disobey traffic lights and run stop signs pose a major threat to others around them because most drivers expect them to obey the rules of the road. Running red lights and rolling through stop signs increases the chances of being involved in serious trucking accidents.
  4. Failure to Adjust Driving for Weather or Road Conditions: Even if a speed limit is as high as 65 miles per hour, a truck driver should not drive that fast in bad weather such as heavy rain or snow. Dangerous weather conditions limit visibility and make the roads slippery. In addition, it’s also safer for everyone to drive with headlights on. If a truck driver does not take these precautions, they can hurt others. The same advice goes for bad road conditions, including road construction, potholes, downed tree limbs, and more.
  5. Tailgating: If a truck is following too closely behind another vehicle in front of it, it could indicate the driver is dangerous. Since trucks take so long to stop, it is important that truck drivers leave more than enough space between their 18-wheelers and the vehicles traveling in front of them.
  6. Not Using Lane Changing Signals: If a big rig does not use its signals to change lanes, it risks colliding with other vehicles on the road. Semi-trucks make wide turns and need time to slow down to navigate a turn. If truck drivers don’t signal, other cars could run into them.

When you see a dangerous truck driver, you can take action to help everyone on the roads stay safe by pulling over and calling the police to report the truck driver and by contacting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at 1-888-DOT-SAFT (368-7238) or by submitting a complaint online.

Lubbock Truck Accident Injury Lawyers

In Texas, and the rest of the country, we rely on truck drivers to get our goods delivered to us in a timely manner, but that doesn’t mean others on the road should risk their lives. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a large truck, you could have serious injuries that come with financial hardship due to medical bills, lost wages, and more. The experienced, award-winning trial lawyers of Liggett Law Group can help you and your loved ones recover maximum financial compensation for your losses and ensure you receive the proper medical treatment you need to return to your life. We would be happy to speak with you confidentially, free of charge to discuss your legal options so you can decide what is best for you moving forward.