When large commercial trucks collide with smaller passenger vehicles, property can be damaged, serious injuries can be sustained, and lives can be lost. Trucks significantly outweigh regularly-sized passenger vehicles. Because of these discrepancies in both weight and size, truck drivers involved in collisions with passenger vehicles may be able to walk away from the accident without sustaining any physical injuries at all. However, the drivers and passengers of other vehicles involved in the collision may never recover from their accident.
Truck accidents are frequently the result of driver negligence. All vehicle operators in the province are required to provide a duty of care to other road-users. That means they must drive their vehicles with a reasonable degree of caution at all times, and abide by local traffic laws. If a truck driver violates the rules of the road and an injury-causing accident occurs as a result of their wrongful conduct behind the wheel, they may be considered negligent.
The drivers of large commercial trucks often feel obligated to violate traffic laws in order to meet tight delivery schedules. If a truck driver feels the need to sacrifice their physical well-being in order to fulfill the requirements of their job, they put themselves and other road-users at risk. In truck accident cases, drivers often engage in a number of dangerous actions or inactions behind the wheel, all of which may constitute negligence. These negligent behaviours may include:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Drug use (including stimulants and amphetamines)
- Alcohol consumption
- Eating while the truck is in motion
- Texting while driving
- Excessive speeding
- Improper lane changes
- Reckless driving
- Ignoring traffic signs/signals
- And more
If a truck driver’s wrongful actions or inactions behind the wheel caused a collision in which you sustained injuries, you may be able to recover accident benefits from your insurance provider to help afford the costs of necessary medical expenses and other costs arising from your injuries. However, in many instances, insurance benefits do not cover the total costs of damages to which injured accident victims may be entitled.
To learn about options for financial recovery that may be available to you, consider booking a free, initial consultation with our truck accident lawyers serving Fredericton. If you have been seriously injured in an accident and are struggling to afford your necessary costs of medical care, our Fredericton truck accident lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation from the at-fault truck driver and, depending on the circumstances of the accident, from their employer, as well.
In many truck accident claims, the contributory negligence of a truck driver’s employer may make them liable for damages sustained in collisions caused by their employee. By performing investigative research, our truck accident lawyers serving Fredericton may be to compile evidence proving the contributory negligence of the at-fault driver’s employer. This evidence may include:
- Past performance reports
- Driving records
- Previous complaints about negligent behaviour
- Delivery schedules
- Other evidence about the driver’s track record
A trucking company may be considered negligent if they were aware that their employee had a history of negligence behind the wheel but failed to remove the unsafe driver from their roster. Furthermore, if the delivery schedules created by the trucking company required their employee to drive to the point of exhaustion, they may be considered partially responsible for creating the conditions that led to the collision.
Free Consultation for Fredericton Residents – We Don’t Get Paid Unless We Win
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To discuss the details of your collision with our Fredericton truck accident lawyers and learn about options that may be available to you, schedule your free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers today.