Speeding Can Cause Truck Accidents

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According to a new study, approximately 19% of all truck drivers involved in truck accidents had at least one speeding conviction in the past.

In 2011, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 19% of all truck drivers involved in accidents had at least one speeding conviction in the past. Speeding can be a major factor contributing to tractor-trailer truck accidents in the United States.

Speeding for a truck driver could mean any number of things. For instance, a trucker is required to drive at the speed limits that are posted on the highway. However, there are times when driving at the posted speed limits can be dangerous.  For instance, when a truck driver is driving in bad weather, his chances of being involved in an accident may be much greater, even if he is traveling at the posted speed limits. During snowy weather, or heavy rain, or stormy or windy conditions, a truck driver must use caution to drive extra safety. In such cases, he must drop his speed to appropriate limits, in order to avoid losing control of his truck in adverse weather conditions.

Similarly, when a truck is operating in road conditions that do not allow him to travel at the posted speed limits, the driver must drop speeds to accommodate these conditions. An experienced driver should be able to judge what kind of speeds are ideal for these specific road and weather conditions.

Driving at excessive speeds can cause a truck driver to lose control of the truck, and can cause a truck rollover. Driving too fast on roads that have been made to wet by rain can cause hydroplaning, which can also increase the risk of an accident. A truck driver who is driving at excessive speeds may also not be able to stop the truck in time to avoid an accident. There is also a real danger of jackknifing  because of excessive speeds.

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