Truck drivers play a key role in transporting goods across vast distances, ensuring our shelves are full and industries remain operational.
However, the job comes with its own set of hidden risks that can lead to accidents on the road. Understanding these risks is necessary for both drivers and the general public.
One of the major hidden risks truck drivers face is fatigue. Long hours behind the wheel, tight deadlines and irregular sleep patterns contribute to exhaustion. Fatigue impairs reaction time and decision-making skills, increasing the likelihood of accidents.
2. Blind spots
Truck drivers contend with significant blind spots, areas around the truck where other vehicles disappear from view. This can lead to unintentional collisions if drivers are not vigilant. Increased awareness among all road users about a truck’s blind spots is a must to prevent accidents.
3. Unpredictable weather
Truck drivers face the unpredictable wrath of weather conditions. Rain, snow and fog create hazardous driving conditions, reducing visibility and traction. Drivers must adapt their speed and driving style to navigate through adverse weather safely.
4. Improper loading
Improperly loaded cargo poses a hidden risk for truck drivers. Shifting loads can lead to instability and imbalance, making the truck susceptible to tipping over or jackknifing.
5. Mechanical failures
Even with regular maintenance, trucks can experience mechanical failures. Brake malfunctions, tire blowouts or engine issues can occur unexpectedly, increasing the risk of accidents.
In 2022, 108,440 crashes occurred in Maryland. In the unfortunate event of an accident, seeking compensation becomes important for those injured. Medical bills, vehicle repairs and lost wages can place a significant burden on individuals.