Understanding why a truck driver may speed

While certainly not something that is encouraged, speeding is a practice that many motorists in Shelby may fall into in certain situations. And while it certainly is not acceptable, most can comprehend why drivers may do it. What may be next to impossible to grasp, however, is why one driving a large semi-truck or tractor-trailer would even consider it. The very nature of their vehicle's makes them difficult to control, and speeding only compounds that difficulty. Yet why then would the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration cite speeding as being one of the most common causes of truck accidents? 

It turns out the truck drivers are just like regular motorists: they feel the pressure to arrive on time, as well. Some might wonder whether showing up at a destination 10-15 minutes late is worth potentially risking one's life (as well as those on the road around them). When a major element of one's job is timeliness, however, the pressure to cut corners (in this case, by speeding) may be ever present. 

It is for this reason why truck accidents caused by a speeding truck driver should not be written off as simple acts of negligence. If a trucker feels compelled to speed in order to satisfy their employer, then liability for an accident may end up extended further than one initially may have thought. The Code of Federal Regulations states that motor carriers cannot assign route times that would pressure their drivers to exceed the posted speed limits in the areas they travel through. If a motor carrier applies such pressure to its drivers, one may argue that liability should also lie with it if and when one of its drivers causes an accident. 

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