Most truck drivers are very safe. They understand that avoiding accidents and infractions is crucial, as this is their livelihood. They need to protect that, along with those around them on the road.
However, you will also encounter drivers who do not put such an emphasis on safety. They may break the speed limit, drive aggressively, tailgate slower cars and do other such things that seem to increase the risks. In some of the worst cases, they may even break regulations to drive for more hours than they’re legally permitted to, all to cover more distance. Is their pay the reason for these risks?
Getting paid by the mile
It may be, as many truck drivers do not get an hourly wage or even a salary. Instead, they just get paid by the mile. The more miles they can cover in an hour, the more money they can earn.
This clearly shows why they may be tempted to break the speed limit by, say, driving 65 through a 45-MPH zone if it looks like there is not much traffic. They can almost double their pay through that zone.
It also explains why truck drivers who get caught in traffic jams may be aggressive or act extremely frustrated by it. Traffic jams are frustrating for everyone, but they’re actively losing money by using up driving hours without covering any miles. They’re very conscious of the fact that every minute in that backup can cost them.
What if you get injured?
If an aggressive or negligent truck driver crashes into your car and you suffer serious injuries, make sure you know how to seek compensation for your medical bills and other costs.