Truck Driver Negligence
Truck accidents can be deadly, due in large part to the sheer size of the vehicle in comparison to a small car or motorcycle. Because of the risk of an accident, most truck drivers take extra precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and others on the road. However, due to time constraints and other facts, accidents still occur and often have devastating consequences. Truck driver negligence is one of the main causes of trucking accidents.
Negligence can take many forms, including:
· Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
· Driving too fast for conditions
· Improper inspection or failure to inspect the vehicle
· Failing to secure the truck load properly or overloading the vehicle
· Making illegal maneuvers while driving
· Not paying attention to highway, traffic, or weather conditions
· Falsifying information on driver logs to exceed the permitted hours of driving
Liability in Trucking Accidents
One of the main reasons that truck drivers speed or exceed the permitted hours of driving is because of time pressures involving deliveries from the trucking companies. Because of these pressures, both the truck driver and the trucking company may be held liable for a truck accident.
A Personal Injury Attorney specializing in truck accidents is specifically qualified to analyze the facts of your case to help determine all liable parties in the accident, and to ensure that compensation and relief payments owed to the victim are received. If you have been injured due to a truck accident, you need to hire a personal injury attorney to represent you against insurance companies who will do whatever they can to pay as little damage as possible.