Reckless driving is something that can cause crashes that take lives. No driver should act recklessly, but truck drivers should be particularly cautious not to cause collisions.
There are a few actions that everyone can agree are reckless. Some of them include:
- Going around railroad barriers
- Passing school buses that have a stop sign down
- Racing other drivers
- Passing in dangerous areas
These acts put people in danger, yet they happen all the time.
Out of the above six types of reckless driving, one of the most common is speeding. Speeding killed 9,378 people in 2018. Even though that was nearly a 6% drop in fatalities from the year before, it’s still an excessive amount of people who have been impacted by a preventable cause of collisions.
Why is speeding so dangerous?
Speeding is against the law for good reason. It can lead to:
- Difficulty controlling your vehicle
- Protective equipment not working as well in a collision
- More severe collisions
- Increased stopping distance
Truck drivers may speed for many reasons. Rushed deliveries, trying to get back home or to the office to end their day, a lack of sleep, traffic congestion, and other factors can all result in a driver going faster than they should. There is also the fact that drivers may feel anonymous and that others are, too. Since drivers are insulated, they may not feel as connected to their environment or worry about the risk to themselves or others that comes from speeding.
If a truck driver causes a crash because of speeding, they should cover the cost of your care as well as other financial losses.