The way some semi-trailer drivers blaze through traffic at lightning speed, oblivious to other motorists, it seems no one teaches them about the dangers of speed.
Well, they do. In South Carolina, it’s part of their training to get a trucker’s license, printed plain as day in the South Carolina Commercial Driver’s License Manual. We don’t think this training is unique to South Carolina, either. The manual states it’s based on federal regulations and a testing standard set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Here’s what the manual tells truckers about speed and traffic flow:
- Speeding to save time is not worth the risk.
- Speeding forces the trucker to keep passing other vehicles, increasing the chance of a crash.
- Repeatedly passing other vehicles is tiring. Fatigue increases the chance of a crash.
- Driving at the speed of traffic is the safest, as long as you can do it without going at an illegal or unsafe speed. Vehicles going the same direction at the same speed are less likely to run into each other.
Here's how much good all that training's done: almost none. Shockingly, speeding remains the number one cause of deadly 10-wheeler accidents, according to a federal government study using 2017 crash data.
Don’t Let a Speeding Trucker Ignore Your Rights
Eighteen-wheeler drivers who speed ignore the law, ignore their training, and ignore the commonsense fact that speed kills. We’ve written about this before; see the related articles on this website to appreciate our stand on this, or read our informative book, I Just Got in a South Carolina Car Accident—Now What?, which devotes a whole chapter to big rig truck crashes.
If you’ve been hurt by a speeding trucker, please call us at 888-230-1841 or 864-582-0416 to talk about how we can make sure while he ignored your safety, he cannot ignore your rights. If you’re too hurt to come to us—as many truck accident clients are, initially—we can come to you. Our first meeting with you is confidential, no obligation, and FREE.