Although North Carolina drivers may frequently see large trucks and commercial vehicles on local roads and highways, they may not be familiar with the numerous ways that those massive vehicles may pose dangers to them. Trucking accidents can be very serious for the passengers of the smaller vehicles affected by truck crashes and collisions. There are several ways that truck drivers and operators may be negligent and create dangerous hazards for other motorists.

One of the most problematic issues that may lead to a serious trucking accident is the failure of a truck driver to obtain the requisite education and experience to operate the rig. Truck drivers generally must secure special licenses that teach them about the differences of driving a large truck compared to a smaller personal vehicle. Drivers who do not have this important understanding can make dangerous maneuvers on the roads that put others in harm’s way.

Additionally, some drivers of large trucks and rigs are held to dangerous standards of operation and delivery. That is to say, a driver may be compensated at a more desirable rate if they deliver their loads faster than is necessarily safe. Drivers who push the limits of driving may speed, operate when they are tired and engage in other dangerous practices in order to seek better pay for their work.

Finally, operators of trucking companies may implement schedules that are difficult for drivers to meet. Even if drivers are not compensated better for fast deliveries they may worry that their employment could be threatened if they do not meet the schedules set by their operators. These issues may cause them to engage in the same dangerous practices that occur when they are paid more for fast service.

Trucking accidents can happen in other ways and this post is not comprehensive on the topic. What readers should understand is how trucking accidents may happen and the knowledge that when they do occur victims may have rights to seek compensation for their losses.