Getting into an accident with a large truck can result in serious, life-altering injuries that make it difficult to work and continue with your normal routine. Accidents with large trucks are common, and many people sustain significant injuries in these types of collisions every year.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2019, 4,119 people died in accidents involving a larger truck. Many of these accidents occurred because of the actions of trucking companies that encourage their drivers to engage in unsafe behaviors.
Encouraging inaccurate logging
Truck drivers must take adequate breaks and times to sleep during every shift, and they must log this information accurately. However, trucking companies may encourage their employees to keep inaccurate logs, so they can continue driving instead of resting.
Requiring impossible deadlines
Some trucking companies require that their drivers meet certain deadlines for pickups and deliveries that are unreasonable. This makes their drivers more likely to speed and engage in other unsafe behaviors to meet these requirements.
Failing to report issues
Trucking companies should institute disciplinary action when they discover unsafe driving behaviors exhibited by their employees. However, trucking companies may not feel compelled to discipline their drivers so they can continue to meet deadlines and profit goals.
If you got into an accident involving a large truck, you may be eligible for compensation to cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. A truck accident attorney can provide guidance, and you should make contact as soon as possible following the collision.