Truck accidents often cause severe or fatal injuries. Laws require truck drivers to adhere to strict safety standards to reduce the risk of causing a collision, but they don’t always follow these rules. Driving while fatigued is incredibly dangerous, yet many truckers do it every day.
Determining liability for truck accidents is complicated. Opposing insurance companies can point fingers at others, leaving accident victims in need of compensation caught in the cross-fire unless they have legal representation. Fielding Law knows how to get to the root of liability issues and can help you obtain satisfactory compensation faster.
Lack of adequate sleep is an obvious reason for fatigue, but other circumstances can also produce fatigue.
Whatever the reason, anyone who drives while fatigued is negligent and increases the chances of causing an accident. Truckers are more dangerous because trucks can cause more damage than most other vehicles on the road.
Drivers must be alert and aware of many things when operating a truck or motor vehicle. Drowsiness and fatigue have many adverse effects on safe driving, including:
Fatigued driving is dangerous for everyone, but truck accidents can produce more severe injuries and damage than most other accidents. That’s why laws govern strict work and rest periods for truckers.
Duty of care and negligence form the basis of most personal injury cases. Anyone who drives an auto or truck owes a duty of care to others who share the road with them, and failing to fulfill that duty of care is negligence.
For drivers, the duty of care means operating their vehicle safely to reduce the risk of causing a collision and potential injuries. Anyone who drives while fatigued isn’t taking safety into consideration, meaning they are negligent.
Establishing negligence is a crucial aspect of personal injury cases, but people without an experienced attorney often fail to prove negligence adequately. Insurance companies are notoriously stingy anyway, and a weak assertion of negligence without solid proof to back it up can result in injured accident victims not receiving the compensation they deserve.
A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, and a truck’s oversized dimensions are much larger than other vehicles. An accident that would be minor with only cars involved can be catastrophic when a truck causes it.
Trucks that roll over, for instance, can easily crush cars beside them. Their extreme weight gives them additional forward momentum, making the likelihood of continuing to slide into even more vehicles more probable.
Fault in auto accidents usually rests with one person: the guilty driver. Responsibility in truck wrecks isn’t as clear-cut because you can potentially hold several parties liable. Each of these parties will attempt to blame the others to avoid paying your claim.
You might place the fault for truck accidents on one or more of these parties:
With so many opportunities to place blame, it’s no wonder that most people injured in truck accidents hire attorneys to untangle the potential fault. Fielding Law attorneys handle truck accidents every day, so we understand how to navigate the sometimes-tricky liability issues.
Laws governing compensation vary by state, but most plaintiffs can obtain different types of damages.
Victims of fatigued driving truck accidents typically face astronomical financial difficulties resulting from their injuries. These people can receive compensation for items such as:
Keeping bills and receipts for any expenses directly relating to your accident and injuries is crucial.
Accident victims, especially in collisions involving trucks, can experience several adverse effects on their lives that aren’t quantified by a price tag. However, these conditions can be as debilitating as physical injuries in some cases.
You may qualify to receive non-economic damages for things like:
These items are subjective and can have varying degrees of impact on victims’ lives, so compensation amounts are awarded accordingly. Not all cases qualify for this type of compensation. Ask an attorney from Fielding Law if you might obtain non-economic damages after your fatigued-driver truck accident.
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