A catastrophic accident involving oversized trucks is one of the most life threatening and altering situations that can befall a person. What is most troubling is when these incidents are the direct results of the negligence of the driver. Far too often truckers are pushed too far to meet a deadline causing them to be a fatigued or a distracted driver. Another large factor of wrongful damage to the victim is when drivers do not follow their company’s protocol of safety. Examples of this are lacking to maintain the integrity of the vehicle or failure to properly use hazard lights at appropriate times.
Semi-truck accidents are some of the largest and most difficult cases to properly handle and see through to the end. If the negligence or recklessness of a truck driver or trucking company caused your injury or the loss of a loved one, you may be entitled to recover monetary compensation. Recoverable damages for injured parties include both economic damages, such as medical costs and lost wages, and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
Truck drivers do not always drive according to conditions. This includes driving too fast for icy or rainy road conditions. It can also mean that the driver was operating the semi-truck while drowsy or fatigued. Sometimes drivers will even operate vehicles under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Drivers must adhere to state law and safety rules outlined in the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations. When not properly trained, drivers can violate these regulations and pose a serious threat to other motorists on the road.
Because of the heavy wear and tear that large trucks go through, equipment and vehicles must be maintained. This includes breaks, lights and safety equipment. Countless accidents occur every year because a malfunctioning vehicle was not properly maintained for operation.