Behind the Wheel: When Truck Driver Negligence Causes Accidents
Truck drivers are held to a higher standard than others on the road. They operate massive and powerful vehicles, as a result, whenever a driver does not comply with safety standards while performing his job, lives are put at risk. The failure of truckers to follow safety procedures can lead to many people being injured or killed. If you or a loved one has been injured or experienced a wrongful death because of a truck driver's negligence, the experienced accident attorneys at Wettermark & Keith will provide the legal help you need.
Truckers and truck companies are required to follow numerous procedures in order to protect the safety of themselves and other people. When they become reckless and don’t follow the standard of care established by law, they endanger people’s lives. Examples of negligence include:
- The truck should know or have known or the truck was not functioning properly and they didn’t report it or attempt to get the issue fixed
- The truck driver was permitted to operate the truck and carry cargo without receiving adequate training
- Cargo shifts or falls off of the truck because it wasn’t properly secured
- Regular maintenance and inspections aren’t performed on the truck
- Truck company willfully violates regulations
- Truck company doesn’t follow standard hiring procedures, i.e. performing background checks on drivers
Personal Injuries of Truck Driver Negligence Victims
Due to the seriousness of the injuries, people suffer during a truck accident, the amount of money received through an insurance claim usually isn’t enough to cover all of the medical procedures, rehabilitation, and long-standing health issues victims have to grapple with. Speaking with an experienced truck accident attorney will greatly improve your chances of receiving the compensation you need for your present and future medical care.
How We Can Help You Recover
The truck company and truck driver owes a duty not to create situations that will cause an unreasonable risk to people. When they don’t follow regulations and laws, they can be held civilly liable for the damage that occurred as a result of their actions. We represent victims of truck accidents throughout Alabama, Tennessee, and the Florida Panhandle. Our success as litigators is based on our ability to prove truck driver negligence and having the skills to convincingly convey the seriousness of our clients’ claims.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Why are truck drivers held to a higher standard than others on the road?
Truck drivers operate massive and powerful vehicles, and their actions have a significant impact on road safety. Due to this responsibility, they are held to a higher standard to ensure they comply with safety regulations and protect lives.
What are some examples of truck driver negligence?
Truck driver negligence can take various forms, such as failing to report or fix a malfunctioning truck, operating a truck without proper training, improperly securing cargo, neglecting regular maintenance and inspections, and violating regulations set by law.
How can truck accidents result in severe personal injuries?
Truck accidents can lead to serious injuries due to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks. Victims may suffer from severe physical harm, emotional trauma, and long-term health issues, which often exceed the compensation provided by insurance claims.
How can I recover compensation for injuries caused by a truck accident?
To recover compensation, you need to prove that the truck driver or trucking company's negligence caused the accident. Seeking legal assistance from experienced truck accident attorneys will significantly improve your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve.
HERE'S WHAT TO DO NEXT
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