It is no secret that truck drivers cover many miles in their usual course of business. Federal regulations are in place to help ensure truck drivers are driving when rested and not fatigued or distracted. Federal regulations limit number of hours truck drivers can drive in a shift and federal regulations also mandate breaks for truck drivers. Unfortunately, truck drivers and trucking companies do not always follow regulations or other safety precautions and may act negligently, causing a truck accident and the damages associated with a truck accident.
When a truck accident involves a motor vehicle that has been rear-ended, hit head on or even side-swiped, the consequences can be serious. Because of the dramatic size and weight disparity between semi-trucks and standard automobiles, the consequences of a truck accident can be severe and can include serious injuries and death. Damages victims and their families can suffer may include medical expenses, funeral expenses and physical, financial and emotional challenges.
Truck driver error or negligence, or the negligence of a trucking company, may contribute to a truck accident causing serious injuries and a loss of life. There are a number of ways that a truck driver may be negligent when causing a truck accident including distracted driving; maintaining an inattentive focus on the roadway; driving while fatigued; driver intoxication; or failing to account for adverse weather or changing roadway conditions.
Resources are available to help protect truck accident victims harmed in a truck accident. It is important for truck accident victims to be familiar with the legal resources and options available to help them recover compensation for the damages suffered in a truck accident.