Commercial trucks and other types of trucks can present unique dangers to motor vehicles they share the roadways with because of their large size, disproportionate weight when compared to passenger vehicles and other unique characteristics. It is important for truck drivers to be familiar with the special dangers their vehicles present to help keep others safe on the roadways. Truck accidents can be caused in a number of different ways, but there are some common ways that truck drivers may cause truck accidents.
Truck accidents can be caused when truck drivers are inadequately trained concerning proper driving techniques, safe driving techniques or defensive driving techniques. At times, other concerns present in the commercial trucking industry may lead to truck accidents, such as compensation practices within the industry that encourage drivers to travel at faster speeds than are safe or drive for more hours than are safe or are allowed according to regulations. At times, trucking companies may prescribe unsafe and unrealistic schedules and requirements that may result in truck drivers driving in an unsafe fashion.
When a truck accident has harmed truck accident victims, compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages truck accident victims often suffer may be available. To pursue a claim for damages, it is important to determine what parties may have been negligent and caused the truck accident. Truck drivers and trucking companies, depending on the circumstances, may share liability for the harm and damages suffered by the victim.
Safety is a high-priority concern related to commercial truck accidents, which is why it is important that truck drivers and truck companies are accountable when they have caused harm. It is also important that victims of truck accidents are aware that a party responsible for negligently injuring them may be responsible to compensate them for the unexpected damages caused by them in a truck accident.
Source: Injury.Findlaw.com, “Common Causes of Truck Accidents,” Accessed March 7, 2016