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Impaired driving and large truck collisions

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2024 | Automobile Accidents

Impaired driving is a serious issue that affects all road users, including large truck drivers. When truck drivers operate their vehicles under the influence of alcohol, drugs or fatigue, they put themselves and others at risk.

It is important for trucking companies and all drivers to understand the dangers of impaired large truck drivers and how it impacts road safety.

Driving abilities

Impaired driving significantly affects a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. For large truck drivers, who are responsible for handling heavy and potentially dangerous vehicles, impaired driving can have catastrophic consequences. Alcohol and drugs can slow reaction times, impair judgment and reduce coordination. This can make it difficult for truck drivers to navigate their vehicles safely on the road.

Fatigue is another common form of impairment among truck drivers, as long hours behind the wheel can lead to drowsiness and reduced alertness. Fatigued drivers are more likely to make mistakes, such as drifting out of their lane or failing to react to changing road conditions. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration cites impairment as the second most common driver-related factor among deadly large truck accidents during 2020.

Serious consequences

Accidents involving impaired large truck drivers can have devastating consequences. Due to the size and weight of commercial trucks, collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians can result in severe injuries or fatalities. The impact of a large truck traveling at high speeds can cause extensive damage and lead to long-lasting physical and emotional trauma for those involved.

By raising awareness about the risks of impaired large truck drivers and promoting safe driving practices, trucking companies and drivers can work together to reduce the number of accidents and injuries caused by impaired driving.