Any truck accident lawyer has to be straight forward with their client in admitting that highways have notoriously been dangerous roadways to travel for both commercial trucks and regular-sized vehicles. These roads have become particularly more dangerous as there are more and more companies utilizing large trucks, some weighing 80,000 pounds for example, with drivers of varying levels of abilities and sense of responsibility.
Trucks drivers are required to drive across their state or the entire country for long hours every day. However, these drivers may not always be the ones at fault in the case of an accident. For example, the driver of the other car could have been taking risks in trying to pass the truck, or could have not maintained visibility for the driver while riding along side. No matter what the circumstances are surrounding the incident, an experienced truck accident lawyer will discover the facts and get the victimized party the compensation they deserve.
On one hand, there are several ways in which the truck driver can be liable for a collision, and they can be downright frightening. Moss & Colella First of all the person behind the wheel may not be properly trained our licensed to do so. Second, their lack of training can also lead to improper securing of their load: not secure for travel, over or under capacity. For example, some individuals may decide to drive their tanker with less than three quarters load of liquid when it should have been explained to them how much that will impact weight shifts for the truck and therefore their ability to remain in control. Third, some drivers are often in a rush so they take a few costly shortcuts. The will bypass an inspection or several before or during a trip, even though their vehicle or load may not be secure for the journey. They may speed to meet deadlines. They may consume controlled substances in order to stay wake, but often times the long hours will get to the driver. Avoiding breaks and night rest causes loss of focus and accidents because the driver has fallen asleep behind the wheel.
On the other hand, even with this list of reasons of how the truck driver is to blame, many smaller vehicle drivers could have avoided their role in the accident as well. Not keeping enough distance, overtaking from the wrong side, or cutting lanes, especially just before braking could have caused the accident. But in so many cases, the aggressive driving and heavy bulk of the truck’s loads, keeps a steady requirement of truck accident lawyer consultations across the country to help determine whose at fault and settle legally and fairly.