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Truck accident risk factors

Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the roads, often driving for hours at a time without stopping for rest. Because of the nature of their occupation and other factors, many large vehicle operators in Hillsborough are at risk for accidents.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, there are several risk factors that lead to truck accidents. It is also not uncommon for “many drivers to work longer than they are legally allowed to.” During the course of any seven-day period, large vehicle operators are allowed to drive no more than 77 hours, with 11 of those hours being the maximum length of time allowed per shift. Poor brake maintenance and road conditions may compromise brake system performance on large commercial vehicles that require greater stopping distances.

Science Daily also reports that large vehicle accidents are caused by several factors. Drivers of longer trucks who have limited right peripheral vision have the highest risk of being involved in accidents. Other factors include negligent driving behaviors, such as being too tired to pay proper attention to the streets, driving too aggressively and being impaired. The primary factor affecting motorist safety is when there are more trucks and fewer vehicles on the road.

Truck drivers who work long hours and engage in unsafe driving practices are a danger to everyone on the road. However, by making some work schedule and driving behavior adjustments, large vehicle operators can make the roads much safer for themselves and everyone else.

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