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Can trucker compensation incentivize speeding?

On Behalf of | Nov 28, 2022 | Truck Accidents

Given the frequent news stories these days of worker shortages and supply chain issues, it is more apparent than ever that semi-truck deliveries are essential to commerce in Florida.

Still, some truckers take risks while driving, such as speeding. This can easily lead to a catastrophic semi-truck crash.

How common is speeding among truckers?

According to one source, while speeding in general among truckers is on the downswing, the number of truckers being ticketed for excessive speeding is increasing. Excessive speeding means traveling at 15 mph or more above the posted speed limit. It is especially a problem in work zones.

Why do truckers speed?

Speeding is a common cause of truck crashes. Whether a trucker speeds may boil down to how the trucker is compensated. Truckers do not always receive a regular salary like other workers. Instead, some truckers are paid a percentage of deliveries made and some truckers are paid per mile driven.

These types of pay incentives mean that truckers often want to reach their destination as quickly as possible so they can turn around and start their next assignment. This means truckers are likely to speed.

How dangerous is speeding?

A speeding trucker is a dangerous trucker. Truckers who speed may not be able to stop in time, causing them to rear-end the motorist in front of them. Given the sheer weight difference between a semi-truck and automobile, the occupants of the automobile can suffer catastrophic injuries if struck by a semi-truck.

Who can you sue if you are struck by a speeding trucker?

There are several parties that may be liable if you are struck by a speeding trucker. They include the trucker, the trucker’s insurer and the trucker’s employer. Who is liable depends on the specific facts surrounding the crash. Still, you want to make sure you hold all responsible parties liable so you can maximize the amount of compensation that you are owed.