To reduce the risk of fatal or injurious collisions, anyone who operates a motor vehicle on the province’s highways and roads is required to do so with a reasonable degree of caution, and in consideration of other road-users’ safety. The drivers of large commercial trucks are not exempt from this duty of care to others.
Unfortunately, truck drivers often feel the need to adopt unsafe habits and behaviours behind the wheel in order to perform the duties of their job. Owing to the discrepancies in size and weight between their trucks and other, smaller passenger vehicles, when truck drivers engage in wrongful conduct on the road, the consequences are often deadly.
Truck drivers are often required to operate their vehicles for hours on end. In order to pass the time, truck drivers may be more likely than other motorists to indulge in various distractions. Texting while driving, eating while their vehicle is in motion, and other distractions could steal a driver’s focus from the road and cause an accident with other road-users.
Additionally, in order to reach their destinations quickly, truck drivers may feel the need to speed excessively, ignore traffic signs or signals, improperly change lanes, or engage in other forms of unsafe driving. To meet the demands of their jobs, truck drivers often neglect their sleep and operate their vehicles while exhausted or fatigued. They may also use stimulants, amphetamines, or other illicit substances to try staying awake for unhealthy periods of time.
Trucks drivers who operate their vehicles distractedly, recklessly, while physically exhausted, or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol put their lives and the lives of other vehicle occupants at risk. If their unlawful behaviours result in an injury-causing collision, the at-fault truck driver may be considered negligent. As such, they may be responsible for financially compensating the injured victims of their wrongful conduct.
Furthermore, if the company that hired the at-fault driver engaged in wrongful conduct, they may be considered to be contributorily negligent and, therefore, liable for damages incurred by injured accident victims. If a trucking company knew that the driver who caused an injurious accident had a history of unsafe driving but kept them on their staff, or if the company assigned their driver a delivery schedule that was impossible to fulfill without neglecting sleep, they may be considered negligent if their actions contributed to the conditions that caused an accident.
If you were injured in a collision caused by a truck driver’s negligence, our truck accident lawyers serving New Glasgow may be able to help you recover the financial compensation to which you are entitled. Our New Glasgow truck accident lawyers may be able to help you pursue a civil claim to recover damages from the at-fault truck driver and, depending on the circumstances of your case, from the negligent company that employed them.
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