Fortunately, our truckers are some of the hardest-working individuals in the country who drive day and night to keep our country up and running. They replenish out supermarkets, our department stores, and more. However, sometimes truck drivers are negligent, or simply buckle under the pressure and fatigue their job induces. Regardless, if you were in a truck accident, you are most likely now seriously injured and are looking into financial compensation. If you are in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most frequent causes of truck accidents?
Truck accidents can be caused by several different factors, such as poor road conditions, like deep potholes, or even a negligent road design. Sometimes, truck accidents can be caused by inclement weather conditions, like black ice, or, with fall approaching, wet leaves. These safety hazards sometimes cause cars to go skidding off the road. Unfortunately, the most frequent cause of truck accidents is driver negligence.
What are some examples of truck driver negligence?
Driver negligence can come in many forms, though truck drivers are more susceptible to certain negligent acts than other motorists. For example, trucks have massive blind spots, so truck drivers must be 100% sure they are capable of changing lanes safely before doing so. Additionally, since trucks carry so much weight, they take a decent amount of time to come to a full stop. This means when a truck driver does not perfectly time his or her braking, he or she may rear-end another car, causing a serious accident. Additional forms of driver negligence are as follows:
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Unsafely merging
- Ignoring traffic lights and signs
- Driving while drowsyDisregarding all other rules and regulations of the road
What are some examples of truck employer negligence?
When you are injured in a truck accident, you may also hold the truck employer or owner liable for damages. For example, if a truck employer failed to properly screen employees before hiring them, or carelessly trained them to do their job, they may be held responsible for your injuries. If an employer authorized, supervised, or oversaw a negligent or improper loading of an oversized vehicle, he or she may also be held responsible. Lastly, if the truck employer failed to get a truck inspected or failed to ensure it was in working condition otherwise, he or she may be held liable for an accident.
Contact our experienced Delaware firm
If you or someone you know was involved in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with a skilled attorney, contact Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C. today.
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