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Risk Factors for Truck Drivers During Harvest Season

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3 Hazards of Harvest Season

During the fall harvest season, truck drivers may be at an increased risk of being involved in crashes for various reasons. While inclement weather conditions can play a factor depending on the location, other universal reasons may make these incidents more likely. This blog will explore some of these situations and how they can be influential.

Rural Roads

Rural roads are often narrower and have more twists and turns than highways. This can make it more difficult for truck drivers to stay in their lane and avoid hitting other vehicles or objects. In addition, rural roads are often not well-lit, making it more difficult to see at night.

As truck accidents are much more likely to occur in rural areas in general and harvest season increases the use of these roads, this may cause an increase in collisions.

Unsecured Cargo

Unsecured cargo can shift during transport, which can make it difficult for truck drivers to control their vehicles. This is especially true if the cargo is heavy, oversized, or involves loose items such as produce. By not having cargo properly secured, drivers risk a jackknife or rollover accident and may endanger others on the road.

Hours of Service

Truck drivers often have to work long hours, which can lead to fatigue. Fatigued driving is one of the leading causes of truck accidents. During the harvest season, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has loosened hours of service regulations for those making agricultural deliveries. This may mean that drivers are on the road longer than usual and not taking as frequent breaks.

Understanding these dangers can help reduce your risk of being involved in a truck accident during the harvest season. If you are involved in an accident, be sure to contact a qualified truck accident attorney to help you with your case.

Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley helps motorists pursue claims following a truck accident. If you’re seeking legal assistance, call (530) 413-0245 or fill out this short form to schedule a free consultation.