With more trucks entering the roadways than ever before, sharing the space on the roads with the transport industry is growing more demanding. The congestion of commercial trucking and the increased numbers of trucking accidents are making it more difficult for drivers on the roads.
One of the most common questions that drivers face when involved in a truck accident is if the actions of the transportation professional violated their duty of care. As a truck is considerably larger than most passenger vehicles, the severity of these accidents can be extremely detrimental. If a trucker is found to be negligent, there needs to be significant evidence gathered at the scene to prove the trucker was at fault for the accident.
The police can cite a trucker for being negligent if they were speeding, they were found at fault for an ensuing accident, carrying too much weight or a variety of other factors. Poor vehicle maintenance, improper cargo loading, unsafe driving and more can all lead to safety concerns.
Truck drivers will face the same responsibilities to drive their vehicles in a safe manner. They have a duty to protect all other people and this extends to cyclists, motorists, pedestrians, passengers and more. If the truck driver fails to deliver on this responsibility, you may be able to file a lawsuit alleging negligence for the injuries that were caused. You have the right to file a claim within four years of the date of the accident to collect compensation.
Make sure that you are able to collect information from all other drivers, passengers, and witnesses at the scene. By accessing this information you can work at seeking compensation when you are injured in a crash due to negligence. Make sure that you are also seeking medical attention as soon as possible after the crash occurs. This can make sure there is a proper medical record in place and evidence collection of the injuries he sustained. Contacting a skilled accident attorney can make sure you have a proper advocate in your case and so that you can be prepared ahead of time.
This post was written by Wendy Doyle-Palumbo. Wendy is a New Port Richey Car Accident Lawyer at Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. Wendy has over 25 years of experience practicing law and has won several cases in helping those get the compensation that they deserve!
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