We’ve probably all seen a semitruck going faster than the posted speed limit, whether outside Jasper or on another Alabama highway. If the semi passes your vehicle or cuts you off in traffic, you might get frustrated and even hot around the collar. But it’s at times like these when it’s important to remember some of the extreme pressures truckers are under each day on their jobs.

For one thing, many truckers are in such a big hurry because their employers hold them to the high expectation that the semis will complete their deliveries on time. Of course, it’s illegal for trucking companies to force their drivers to break laws. Employers can’t design routes and set delivery times that would require their drivers to go faster than the speed limits in each of the jurisdictions along the way. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen by implication from time to time.

Truckers often face tight deadlines and penalties for arriving late. Plus, there are plenty of factors outside of the drivers’ control, like traffic jams, unforeseen truck maintenance and time wasted having to wait for cargo to be loaded. The truckers might very well lose valuable time in one part of their day and rush to try to make up the delay. That could mean speeding or skipping mandatory rest periods, which is also unsafe.

Often, these delivery expectations can be unfair to truck drivers. Furthermore, by incentivizing — however indirectly — truckers to speed or operate while fatigued, trucking companies may be putting not only their drivers but also others on the road at serious risk.

Semitruck accidents can be devastating and deadly. But determining liability after a trucking crash can be a complex issue. If you believe a trucking company was at fault for a semi accident, it can be challenging to prove this in court — and the company will likely fight back hard. You need an experienced Alabama lawyer to help you through the legal process and seek compensation for your loss.