Our nation depends on truck drivers to keep the country up-and-running. Fortunately for us, we have some of the hardest-working, most dedicated truckers in the world. However, truckers are under immense pressure at all times, as they spend their 70-hour workweek tirelessly driving under strict management, demanding they meet each and every deadline on time. This can take a toll on a person, so it is no surprise that truck drivers sometimes end up causing accidents.
Unfortunately, due to their large size, truck accidents often cause more damage than any other motor vehicle accident. If you have been involved in a truck accident, the injuries you have sustained are most likely severe, which is why you are now looking into financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What most commonly causes truck accidents?
Truck accidents can be caused by several different factors, such as poor weather conditions. Additionally, negligent road designs also contribute to truck accidents. However, the most common cause of truck accidents is negligence. With truck accidents, you may either hold a truck driver or a truck employer liable, depending on the circumstance of your accident.
How can a truck driver behave negligently?
There are several ways in which a truck driver can cause an accident. They are as follows:
- Texting and driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to check massive blind spots
- Unsafely changing lanes
- Eating, smoking or navigating directions while driving
- Driving while overly fatigued
- Following vehicles too closely
- Improperly passing other vehicles
- Ignoring all other rules of the road
How can a truck employer or owner behave negligently?
Whether you know it or not, a truck employer can also be held liable for a serious accident if he or she did any of the following:
- Negligently hired or trained employees
- Improperly loaded or oversaw an improper loading of an oversized vehicle
- Failed to ensure all trucks are in solid, working condition before allowing drivers to take them on the road
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you must hire an experienced attorney right away. Your attorney will gather all the evidence necessary to help prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. If you succeed, you will recover the financial compensation you need to get back on your feet once again.
Contact our experienced New York firm
Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, call 212-421-0300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to financial compensation, which can help you on your road to recovery.