18-wheelers are huge, heavy, and hard-to-control vehicles whether the driver is maneuvering the truck within a lane, making a turn, or trying to stop. Commercial truck drivers are often paid by the mile or by the stop, which means that they have a greater incentive to drive as quickly as they can and for more hours than are legally permitted by law. When a truck driver hits another car or pedestrian, it often leads to catastrophic injuries, property damage, or even death.
Truck accidents, in particular, are often the result of driver error. Errors can take the form of improper truck maintenance, fatigue, drug use, or simple inattention. Weighing up to 40 tons, operating a truck negligently is what leads to severe, life-altering, and even fatal truck crashes.
Fatigue is one of the most common causes of truck accidents. In fact, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration believes that driver fatigue is a factor in 40% of truck collisions. What caused fatigue to become a widespread problem? The desire to remain competitive.
Related to fatigue, many truck drivers have chosen to solve their drowsiness problem with a worse solution: psychoactive drugs. Methamphetamine use has recently increased among truck drivers, particularly cross-country big-rig drivers who have demanding deadlines and not enough sleep.