Truck accident injuries can become serious quickly. The inherent size and weight disparity between trucks and passenger vehicles can result in catastrophic car accidents and catastrophic consequences. Truck accident victims who have suffered serious injuries in a truck accident or worse should be familiar with the legal protections available to them.
Common causes of truck accidents
Truck accidents can occur without warning and leave car accident victims and their families picking up the pieces. There are several common causes of truck accidents when truck drivers are to blame including:
- Drivers have inadequate training concerning driving technique, defensive driving and how to properly spot and respond to safety concerns.
- Systems of compensation for drivers that encourage drivers to travel faster than is safe or to drive for more consecutive hours than is safe.
- Unrealistic schedules that encourage drivers to hurry to meet deadlines regardless of the safety risks involved.
- Truck driver distraction from either inside our outside of the vehicle.
- Truck driver drowsiness if truck drivers fail to take adequate rest breaks or get adequate sleep.
- Truck drivers who drive while under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs or prescription drugs.
Recovering fair compensation
Truck accident victims can suffer severe injuries and harm in truck accidents. They may suffer physical, financial and emotional injuries and harm. Specific damages they may suffer can include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. A personal injury claim for damages can help them recover compensation for their damages from a negligent truck driver or negligent trucking company responsible for the harm they suffered.