The damage that a big rig or other large truck can cause when it is involved in a crash is significant. Due to their large sizes and long stopping distances, large trucks can cause a great deal of destruction on Massachusetts roads. It is an unfortunate fact that some truck accidents are preventable and could be avoided if the drivers of the vehicles were properly trained to handle their rigs.
Improper preparation to drive a large truck can take on many forms. A driver may fail to secure the right driving credentials before taking on the assignment of driving a large truck and therefore may be unaware of the many ways that driving a truck is different than driving a regular car. A driver may hold the right licensure to drive a truck but may lack the experience to know how to respond when faced with adverse driving conditions.
Although a driver may be properly trained and licensed to perform their driving duties, they may be pressured into driving when it is not safe for them to be on the road; many drivers must meet strict delivery guidelines in order to meet the expectations of their jobs. These expectations can force truck drivers into long hours behind the wheels of their rigs.
Whether through pressure from their employers or simple inexperience, truck drivers may poor decisions that can put other individuals’ lives at risk. When truck accidents occur it is important that victims take active steps to protect their legal rights to compensation and can benefit from discussing their legal options with personal injury attorneys.