Truck drivers are often responsible for most trucking accidents, especially when poor judgment is involved. They can often be pushed to take unnecessary risks to delivery products on time, creating a stressful atmosphere when they are on the road. When truck driver error causes an accident that resulted in injuries, the victims may be able to pursue a claim of negligence against the.
What are common driver errors?
Driver fatigue is a common cause of truck accidents, as drivers spend extensive amount of time behind the wheel. It is very easy for even a well-trained truck driver to make mistakes or poor judgments when they have been deprived of sleep or have been driving for 10 or more hours.
While the federal government has strict guidelines that truck drivers must adhere to regarding how long they can drive between breaks, many drivers ignore these rules. The Federal Hours of Service Rules mandates that truck drivers can work 14 hours a day at most and only 11 of those hours consecutively before resting. They must be off-duty for 10 straight hours before driving again and may drive no more than 60 hours in 7 consecutive days or 70 hours in 8 days.
Other driver errors that cause truck accidents include:
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Taking curves too fast
- Improperly distributing the truck's load
- Failing to get maintenance done on a truck
- Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
How can an attorney help my case?
A truck accident lawyer form Kalka & Baer, LLC can investigate the accident that caused your injuries to determine who was at fault. The truck may have an electronic data recorder which records information regarding how many hours a driver has been on the road, how fast it was going, and other clues.
If the driver is found to have been negligent, they can be held liable for any injuries you sustained in the accident. They may be required to compensate you for hospital bills, lost wages, and even prescription medication.
The Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Kalka & Baer, LLC can pursue justice for you today! Call now for legal counsel.