Truck accidents are rampant on our roadways. Inherent to these wrecks is the fact that commercial vehicles, such as big rigs and semi trucks, weigh many tons and can often exceed 80,000 pounds in weight. As such, they carry a tremendous amount of momentum and power. When they collide with other vehicles, serious or fatal injuries are possible.
So you would naturally think that truck drivers would be especially careful with their driving habits and that truck companies would go out of their way to ensure safety out on the roads. However, this isn’t the case. Human error and negligence doesn’t cease to exist in the trucking industry.
Many truck drivers succumb to the same problems that other drivers suffer from. But in some cases, they can be amplified due to the work environment of a truck driver. The unchanging landscapes. The long hours. Few people to talk to, if any. Most people would start getting fidgety or tired as a result. This can happen with truck drivers. They may lack sleep, or they may be checking their cellphone to pass time. These are negligent behaviors, especially from drivers of vehicles that can easily kill innocent people.
Proving negligence in truck accident cases is not as easy as it may seem though. If you or a loved one has been affected, injured or killed because of a truck accident, then you should seek out experienced legal counsel as soon as possible.
Source: FindLaw, “Truck Accident FAQ,” Accessed Aug. 17, 2017