If you are an operator in the cargo trucking business, ensuring road safety is of utmost importance. This is because it is not only the timely delivery of your clients' merchandise in good condition that is on the line, but the safety of road users as well. A multiplicity of different factors may lead to freight-trucking accidents. Here are some probable causes of most trucking accidents.  

Driver-instigated blunders

A good number of accidents that usually occur on the roads can be associated with careless or erroneous driving. Reckless truck drivers who choose to ignore traffic warnings and violate other traffic laws are often responsible for most freight-trucking accidents. Despite the fact that the loads the truck drivers carry impose an additional safety risk when in transit, some truck drivers exceed speed limits and drive through hotspot areas rather clumsily. The result of this kind of carelessness is vehicular crashes or even loss of human life in worst-case scenarios.

Vehicle failure

The trucks used to transport cargo from one point to another need to be kept in top shape at all times, especially before they can be allowed to head for the road. Even though not all truck breakdowns can be avoided, most of them can be prevented by providing routine maintenance and inspections. In most cases, meticulously done vehicle service will help detect potential troubles that may arise and will present a good opportunity to rectify issues beforehand. Sadly, some freight-truck operators often disregard the need to check on the condition of various truck parts and systems on a regular basis. The end result may be failed brakes, faulty transmission systems, flat tyres, and many more problems that may cause truck drivers to lose control of their vehicles and dangerously veer off the road.

Bad weather conditions

There is pretty much nothing that freight-truck operators can do to control the weather. Bad weather, when coupled with poor road conditions, will increase chances of a trucking accident occurring. What transport companies can do to minimize trucking accidents caused by unfavorable weather is to instruct their drivers to avoid driving in bad weather, especially if the roads have been rendered impassable.

Improper loading

Besides overloading, improper loading can also mean placing cargo on the freight trucks in a manner that causes cargo to shift during transit. At the warehouses or loading bays, all cargo should be loaded properly to ensure proper vehicular stability.

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