Truck operators face demanding requests and schedules, the stress of which increases the likelihood of human error on the road. Fatigue can result in a loss of coordination, concentration, and even falling asleep at the wheel -- all of which can have devastating consequences for other drivers on the road.
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Especially in big companies, trucks may be poorly maintained due to the cost involved with checking conditions on an annual basis. Vehicles not properly inspected for repairs or up-keep are commonplace. Truck drivers often have a lack of training hours and unmet minimum requirements, making them unlikely to notice warning signs.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for enforcing mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment condition checks across commercial vehicles. Despite this, trucks often face equipment failure. This danger is heightened during bad weather conditions, or around drivers who overestimate the steering, acceleration, and breaking capabilities of trucks.
Distracted drivers jeopardize everyone else on the road, and people don't realize that looking away for even a second is enough to cause an accident. While phone calls and social media tend to be culprits, even changing the radio station can be devastating under certain circumstances. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs also compromises public safety.
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Employees of cargo-carrying trucks are responsible for proper loading of any trucks. Additionally, workers and drivers should be checking the load for movement at every rest stop. However, time constraints and lack of training tend to debase these responsibilities, causing cargo shifting, spilled loads, and improper weight distribution hazards.
Speeding is dangerous alone, and those dangers are only heightened when accounting for the increased size of commercial vehicles. Truck drivers on tight timelines can show speeding, aggressive driving, and the over-taking of smaller cars, which often results in people running their cars off the road to avoid truck crashes.
What should I do if I’m involved in a truck accident?
Emergency medical care and working with first responders is essential in devastating crashes. In less serious cases, you should take pictures and record information about the weather conditions, road conditions, driver, truck company, and witnesses. Receive medical care as necessary, and then bring all documentation to a lawyer as soon as possible.
What can I receive compensation for?
You may be eligible for compensation due to pain and suffering, reasonable and necessary medical expenses, loss of past and future wages, and vehicle damage. Lawyers are necessary for determining exactly what you’re eligible for based on insurance status of both parties, the state where the accident happened, and more.
Why do I need a lawyer?
Lawsuits become increasingly intricate when the list of involved parties extends to insurance companies, trucking companies, contractors, employers, vehicle manufacturers, and government entities. Hiring a lawyer is necessary for getting the settlement you deserve. Especially in cases of death or severe injury, a lawyer can lessen the burden of an accident, so you can recover.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
Truck accidents tend to be more severe, and typically last longer than a regular car accident lawsuit. A long lawsuit isn’t necessarily a bad one; insurance companies may rush you into settling, which can negatively impact your compensation for ongoing pain and treatment.