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Does A Trucker’s Schedule Pose A Threat To Others On The Road?


Commercial trucks can be intimidating to drive next to on the road. They are hulking prominent figures moving at, at least, highway speeds, and if a gust of wind hits their trailer, seeing it sway back and forth can be frightening. Trucks can cause serious and deadly crashes in several ways, including underride accidents, rollover incidents, jackknifing, and more. All of these truck accidents can potentially leave occupants of much smaller cars that are hit with great physical bodily harm and even deadly injuries.

If you were injured in a truck accident in New Jersey, depending on how your accident happened, you might be entitled to a large cash settlement for your harm. To learn more about what you can do and if filing a legal suit for damages makes sense, the South Jersey truck accident attorney at Monaco Law PC can meet with you and review your truck accident experience.

How Can a Commercial Trucker’s Schedule Be Dangerous? 

A schedule itself that a trucker has to meet is not a dangerous thing alone. It is how the truck driver goes about meeting that schedule. And unfortunately, driving a truck can be a stressful job with tight deadlines that must be met. Additionally, to meet those deadlines, trucking company higher-ups could put immense pressure on truck drivers to do what they have to do, even if that means violating guidelines by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCA) to make deliveries on time.

Even in situations where a truck driver has a fair deadline to make a delivery, anything can happen along the journey that can hold them up and take more time than initially expected. For instance, if along the route, a car breaks down right in the center of the road or there is construction on the street, either of these situations will slow traffic down. If there is an issue, like road maintenance, this could cause a long backup, especially in areas with heavy traffic.

As a result, a truck driver may start to weigh their options to figure out how to make up for that missed time. They may be motivated to drive at excessive speeds once they are able to start moving again to cover more distance. Even though speeding is incredibly dangerous for any vehicle, when a truck speeds, this puts all drivers and pedestrians in a situation where they are at higher risk for a catastrophic crash.

Similarly, a truck that encounters bad weather may not make the right, responsible decisions necessary to navigate such conditions. Not accounting for weather conditions and instead focusing on plowing through to get to the intended destination is another unsafe position for all other motorists to be in if they are driving near that truck.

Speak to a South Jersey Truck Accident Attorney Today 

A truck driver’s schedule may not be meant to cause them to make rash and reckless decisions while driving, but due to the need to meet deadlines, it could. If you were harmed in a truck accident in New Jersey, consider calling the Marlton, NJ truck accident injury attorney at Monaco Law PC at (609) 277-3166 for our New Jersey office and (215) 546-3166 for our office in Pennsylvania.

We are a New Jersey and Pennsylvania truck accident injury law firm serving Atlantic County, Burlington County, Cape May County, Camden County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Ocean County, Salem County, and all of South Jersey.



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