Dangers of Aggressive Truck Driving

Almost everyone dislikes traffic, slow drivers, or other obstacles that slow us down on the roads. Many Americans always seem to be in a hurry when they are on the road, and this can lead to frustration when other drivers are not moving fast enough. Commercial truck drivers are no different, especially since they get paid largely based on how many deliveries they make. Such drivers may get impatient with other cars that are taking their time. This clash may lead the truck driver to participate in aggressive driving behaviors in order to “bully” the slow car to switch lanes or otherwise get out of the way. Many aggressive driving behaviors lead to accidents, which may cause serious injuries. If you have been injured by an aggressive truck driver, a Moreland truck accident lawyer can help you recover for your injuries and other losses.

Truck drivers sometimes engage in the following types of aggressive driving practices:

  • Tailgating
  • Honking or gesturing
  • Improper or too frequent lane changes
  • Otherwise trying to bully another driver into moving out of the lane, even if there is nowhere to go

All of these behaviors are very dangerous when you are sitting behind the wheel of an 80,000 commercial tractor trailer. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) started a program to combat aggressive driving called Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT). This program tries to control the number of aggressive drivers that may be on the road in order to prevent injuries.

Contact a Moreland truck accident attorney for a free consultation

Truck drivers should aim to get along with other drivers and should never try to intimidate them by tailgating or practice other aggressive driving behaviors. If an aggressive truck driver causes an accident, he should be held liable for his negligent behavior and should compensate any accident victims for all of their accident-related losses. If you have suffered injury in a truck accident, an experienced truck accident attorney at Shane Smith Law can help you hold the aggressive truck driver accountable and recover for your injuries. Call our office today at (980) 246-2656 for help.