Car drivers often place the blame for accidents on truck drivers but car drivers may also be to blame. A full investigation needs to be done to determine whose fault an accident really was. Even the best trained and most skilled drivers are at risk on the road, and truck accidents leading to injuries occur frequently.
Unsafe Passing: Drivers take many risks to “get around” slower moving trucks. Passing blindly, passing on hills or around curves and crossing into oncoming traffic for “just a second” are common causes of truck accidents.
Erratic Driving: Large trucks have less maneuverability than do average-sized cars. Trucks cannot stop as quickly, turn as smoothly, and brake as completely. The driver who darts in front of a truck in a rush to pass may create dire consequences for all involved.
Blind Spot Driving: It is not uncommon for a truck accident to occur because a car was driving in the truck’s blind spot. Big rigs have larger blind spots than small cars, and if the car is traveling alongside a truck in this blind spot when the truck driver must turn or merge, it can lead to an accident.
DUI: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a leading cause of truck accidents, as well as a criminal offense for the impaired driver.
Distracted Driving: Given the prolific use of mobile phones, many drivers may operate vehicles while distracted by text messaging and other phone activities. Distracted driving can also occur when small children are passengers. It is essential that drivers be alert and aware whenever operating any motor vehicle.
Semi-truck drivers also cause accidents. Commercial vehicles can break down on the road, or drivers may inadvertently violate safety procedures. If the truck is found to be defective or insufficiently repaired, this could spell liability for the driver, the truck manufacturer and even the repair shop.
Workers Compensation for Truck Drivers
Commercial tractor-trailer drivers injured in an accident may be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits, even when technically classified as independent contractors. The truck driver may also be able to file a personal injury claim against drivers of other involved vehicles, particularly when injuries are extensive and careers may be interrupted.
It is vital to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you understand your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries to cover your medical bills, lost wages and future lost income potential.
If you have a question about an accident case, call attorney Bruce Blaylock. You can reach us toll free at 888-215-2968, or fill out a free online consultation form.