The need for large trucks is always growing. Tractor-trailer and semi-trucks are utilized to make large shipments short and long distances, impacting intra and interstate commerce. Although these vehicles are important, they have the ability to create dangers on the roads. If a truck driver is overworked ad fatigues, it could cause a truck accident, harming others traveling nearby.
Most people in Phoenix would agree that texting and driving is not safe, but unfortunately there are drivers who disregard this risk and use their cellphones while driving. While it is a dangerous risk to take for drivers of standard automobiles, a driver of a semi-truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds could cause significant damage if they cause a truck accident due to distracted driving.
Collisions involving semi-trucks in Arizona have the potential to be catastrophic. A fully-loaded 80,000-pound semi-truck has the laws of physics on its side and is simply no match for a standard 2,000-pound automobile. When truck accidents occur, the drivers and passengers in the vehicle struck by the truck can suffer serious injuries. In the worst of cases, there could even be fatalities.
Trucking may be an essential component of interstate commerce in our nation, but it is not without its dangers. According to one study, 13 percent of truckers involved in a truck accident were fatigued when the collision occurred. Truck driver fatigue is a serious issue in the trucking industry in Arizona and nationwide. It not only puts the truckers' lives at risk, but it also puts the lives of all others on the road at risk. In fact, the statistics surrounding drowsy driving and operators of commercial vehicles are sobering.