Truck Driver Impairment is a Dangerous Problem

Truck Driver Impairment is a Dangerous Problem

It goes without saying that it takes every single one of an operator’s senses to drive a truck given their size and the sheer amount of danger that they pose for everyone else. However, some operators will drive impaired, and it puts everyone else on the road at risk.

What Is Truck Driver Impairment?

There are five main causes of driver impairment. They are:

  • Fatigue
  • Medical conditions
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Distractions

Trucks require increased distance to stop because of their size and momentum. Even braking late by a second increases the chances of an accident. At 65 MPH, the average truck will travel 95 feet in a second. As you can see, there is a very thin margin between stopping in time and a rear-end accident with serious injuries.

What Happens When Drivers Are Impaired

Drivers may also have difficulty remaining in their lane when they are impaired. Trucks often have problems drifting out of their lane because they are so large and hard to control. Just losing focus for an instant could be enough for a driver to end up in another lane and sideswipe another driver. Impairment takes away from a driver’s motor control that they need to keep their truck on a straight path that follows the road.

Impaired drivers are ones who do not take the time to think about safety. Operating a truck requires that the driver consciously think about being safe. They make numerous decisions behind the wheel every time they are on the road. Impairment skews their judgment and means that they will act riskier. Their inhibitions could be lowered to engage in dangerous behavior.

South Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers Helping Injured Clients

If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, contact Ben F. Windham PC online or call us at 833.236.9467 for a free consultation. Our South Atlanta truck accident attorneys are ready to help.