There is no question that the massive size and weight of tractor trailers present a danger to motorists on the road. These large vehicles require well-trained, experienced and licensed truckers to operate them, as big rigs can be difficult to maneuver around motor vehicles on Tennessee roadways. An increasing number of large truck accident deaths across the country have officials looking for the causes of these tragic accidents, as well as ways that people can decrease their risk of becoming involved in a big rig collision. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are caused by negligent and reckless truck drivers.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drowsy truckers are a common cause of tractor trailer accidents. Federal laws limit the amount of time truckers can spend behind the wheel. Yet, many truck drivers overlook these regulations in an attempt to make more money and meet tight deadlines. When truckers spend more than eight hours behind the wheel at any given time, they are more likely to fall asleep while driving.
Distracted truckers are also a common cause of accidents. Truckers may become bored after spending hours on the road, and some turn to using their cellphones to text, compose emails and watch videos. Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set laws that prohibit truckers from using cellular devices, many continue to engage in this distractive behavior.
In addition to drowsy and distracted truckers, there are a number of truckers who continue to drive even though they have violations and should not be allowed on the road. The FMCSA reported that approximately 171,150 truckers were taken out of service after they were found driving despite having too many violations. This may be due to a shortage of qualified truck drivers in the industry