When passenger vehicles are involved in collisions with large commercial transport vehicles, the consequences can be disastrous. Trucks are significantly larger and heavier than other motor vehicles on the road. These massive, powerful vehicles can cause serious damage. When the people that operate them fail to drive their trucks in a safe manner, accidents can occur and serious injuries can be sustained and the lives of unsuspecting road users can be lost.
In the Dartmouth area, truck accidents are commonly caused by driver negligence. Pushing themselves to make delivery deadlines, truck drivers often sacrifice sleep, proper nutrition, and safe driving habits to reach their destinations on time. Truck drivers provide an essential service and complete an important phase in the production cycle of important goods and products, but they often do so at the expense of their own health and the safety of others around them.
Wrongful conduct behind the wheel of a large, heavy, powerful vehicle like a truck can lead to deaths on the road, as well as catastrophic injuries that may impact the rest of an accident survivor’s life. Examples of negligent behaviours often exhibited by truck drivers who have been involved in serious collisions include:
- Driver fatigue and exhaustion
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Distracted driving, including eating while driving
- Speeding, and reckless driving
- Improper lane changes
- Failing to check blind spots
- Driving aggressively
- Other violations of provincial traffic laws
If you were injured in a collision with a truck, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, our Dartmouth truck accident lawyers may be able to help you pursue a civil claim against the at-fault party, so that you can recover damages you have sustained as a result of your injuries.
Truck accident claims are often quite different from other lawsuits arising from other kinds of motor vehicle collisions. That is because, in truck accident injury claims, multiple defendants are often named. Our truck accident lawyers serving Dartmouth understand the complexities involved in determining liability in a truck accident, and may be able to pursue financial compensation on your behalf from multiple parties.
While it may initially appear as though the negligent behaviour of a truck’s driver was the sole cause of the accident, depending on the circumstances of the accident, the employer of a negligent truck driver may also be liable for damages resulting from a truck accident. This can happen when a trucking company was aware that the driver they employed had a history of wrongful conduct behind the wheel but chose to keep them on their staff. Similarly, if the driver involved in the collision was trying to meet impossible deadlines assigned by their employer requiring them to drive to the point of exhaustion, the trucking company may be found partially liable for accidents caused by their driver’s unsafe condition behind the wheel.
Through robust investigation, our Dartmouth truck accident lawyers may also be able to present evidence proving that the negligence of the at-fault driver’s employer contributed to the conditions that led to your collisions. This evidence may include:
- Past performance reports
- Driving records
- Previous complaints about negligent behaviour
- Delivery schedules
- Other evidence about the driver’s track record
Free Consultation for Dartmouth Residents – We Don’t Get Paid Unless We Win
To discuss the circumstances of your accident with our Dartmouth truck accident lawyers and learn if you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation from the negligent parties involved, book a free, initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers today.