Factors That Influence Harvest Season Trucking Crashes
Data from the National Safety Council consistently shows that over the last several years, trucking crashes peak during the fall months, with October having the highest rate of fatalities. One of the most significant contributors to this is the harvest season from mid-September to late November.
The trucking industry is essential to the agriculture industry, ensuring goods are transported across the country. However, this timeframe highlights some of the dangers that may influence a greater likelihood of truck accidents. Here are some of the contributing factors:
Drivers delivering goods during the harvest season are often on long-hauls, which can lead to fatigue. When tired, a driver may make poor decisions, such as weaving in and out of lanes or not leaving enough space between the truck and other vehicles.
Stricter Deadlines for Truckers
With the large influx of deliveries needed during the harvest season, truckers may feel pressure to meet stricter deadlines. This could lead to speeding or other reckless driving behaviors in an effort to make up time.
Statistically, more motor vehicle accidents occur on rural roads. This is likely because these roads are often in poorer condition, with more potholes and fewer lane markings. In addition, they tend to have higher speed limits, which can contribute to serious accidents when combined with other factors. Since farms and ranches are located off these roads, there is an influx of trucks using them for deliveries.
Inclement Weather Conditions
Fall weather can be unpredictable (especially in Texas), with rain, snow, and sleet all possible within a short timeframe. This can make roads slick and dangerous for any vehicle, especially large trucks carrying heavy loads.
More Novice Drivers on the Road
During the busy harvest season, some trucking companies may hire less experienced drivers to keep up with demand. These novice drivers may not have the skills necessary to handle a truck in difficult weather conditions or when under pressure to make fast deliveries.
Texas Truck Accident Attorneys
With Texas being an integral part of the agricultural industry, truck drivers and other motorists must play their part in keeping the roads safe. If you or a loved one are involved in a truck accident this season, Law Offices Of Vic Feazell, P.C. can help you seek compensation. Schedule a consultation with our team today by calling (254) 938-6885.