Recent months have seen a noticeable drop in traffic on roads and highways. However, while many businesses have temporarily shuttered or have transitioned to virtual offices, the nation’s trucking companies are still out in full force. It’s important to be aware that truck accidents are still a very real possibility, even when there are fewer cars on the road.
A false sense of security?
It would seem like with less traffic, there is less of a risk of an accident. However, a wide-open road may compel truck drivers to engage in risky driving behavior. Law enforcement officials across the country have noticed a substantial increase in instances of speeding and reckless driving.
Truck drivers are not immune to the temptation to take risks with fewer vehicles around. The pressure to make timely deliveries is higher than ever. Drivers may push themselves to the limit to meet the demands of commercial businesses. Vehicle maintenance standards may also be overlooked to ship items as fast as possible. All these factors can spell disaster for other motorists.
When a truck driver is involved in a serious accident, it’s important to demand accountability from all liable parties. The driver’s employer may share some of the blame, especially if there were demands on the driver to stay on the road for longer than what’s allowed under federal law.
Stay safe out there
You are also at risk for paying less attention to the road when fewer vehicles are out. Be aware of your surroundings and drive defensively. If an accident is unavoidable, discuss your legal options with a skilled professional.