The way attorneys and the media talk about truck accidents, you’d think that most of these horrific crashes are caused by criminally negligent drivers and are completely unavoidable. The fact of the matter is, however, that for every accident we see on the news, there are thousands of trucks making it across the country without as much as a close call.
These safe trips are the direct result of experienced, highly-skilled truck drivers who take their livelihoods just as seriously as their responsibility to the drivers with whom they share the road. These men and women make up a majority of the trucking workforce, but with looming driver shortages, more and more “green” drivers may be hitting the road with you—at the cost of safety.
Equal Qualifications, Different Skills
Every legal truck driver in the United Stated must have certain licensing and qualifications, but as many drivers can attest, attitude and experience can make or break a driver’s safety record. While a driver must start from somewhere to gain experience, a safety-minded attitude can keep their driving record pristine until they have built more time behind the wheel.
It’s difficult work to drive a truck—the hours are long, the rig is massive, and navigating busy streets can be nerve-wracking. Cargo must be properly loaded and secured, routes must be planned according to weather and traffic, and quick thinking and reflexes must kick in when the roads get challenging. With experience, even seemingly unavoidable wrecks can be prevented, but for many inexperienced drivers, surprises on the road could result in:
- Jackknife accidents
- Unsecured loads
- Dangerous driving behavior, including speeding and driving while fatigued
Just because it seemed as though your truck accident was unavoidable does not mean that it was, and it is important you have a skilled attorney on your side to get to the root cause of your crash. If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident and the cause remains unclear, call Augusta truck accident attorney Chris Hudson today—he will protect your rights and thoroughly investigate your crash. Schedule your free consultation now by phone or by clicking on the live chat feature.