Why Truck Crashes Peak in September
Most Fatal Truck Crashes Occur in the Fall
The National Safety Council has been tracking truck crashes since 2010, and their data shows a strong trend that the fall season has higher rates of collisions than any other time of year. September through November accounts for about 28% of overall crashes; however, September alone contributes 10% to that statistic.
Here's what you need to know about seasonal collision changes.
Harvest Season Begins Mid-September
The United States agricultural industry begins harvesting in mid-September through early December. This multi-billion dollar industry relies heavily on large trucks around the country to move products from state to state and keep this economic sector running. During this time, truck drivers may need to make longer trips and hit harsher deadlines than other times of the year. Because of this, there may be an increase in reckless driving actions, including:
- Driving while fatigued or not stopping for rest.
- Speeding or road rage actions.
- Distracted driving.
No matter the time of year, truck drivers should remember to abide by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations for hours of service and vehicle operation.
The Importance of Securing Cargo
In Louisiana, where forestry is the cornerstone of the agricultural industry, there may be issues with cargo not being properly secured or loaded, leading to accidents caused by debris in the road. According to studies by AAA, this is a factor in nearly two-thirds of truck crashes.
During harvest season, unsecured cargo not only means the potential of harming someone else on the roadway but also loss of revenue for the state. All drivers should be mindful of this and drive considerately during this time of year.
Lake Charles Truck Accident Attorney
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