The drivers of large commercial trucks provide communities across the country with an essential service. By carrying goods, products, and supplies across the nation and over international borders, truck drivers play an important role in our everyday lives.
However, in order to meet the difficult demands of their jobs, truck drivers often feel the need to engage in potentially dangerous behaviour. When truck drivers violate the rules of the road through a number of illegal actions, habits, or other forms of negligent conduct, they put the lives of other road-users at risk.
In accordance with the province’s Motor Vehicle Act, anyone operating a vehicle on the province’s roads or highways is required to take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of their fellow road-users. Even the drivers of large commercial trucks owe a duty of care to others. As such, they are legally required to abide by the rules of the road and exercise reasonable caution behind the wheel at all times so as to reduce the risk of injurious or fatal accidents. If a truck driver shirks this duty of care and a collision ensues as a result, they may be considered negligent.
Spending long hours on the road and meeting tight delivery deadlines can be a challenge. In order to cope with the challenges of their job, truck drivers often adopt unsafe behaviours and habits, all of which may constitute driver negligence. Common examples of these traffic law violations include:
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of stimulants, amphetamines, or other illicit drugs
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Eating while driving
- Reckless driving
- Excessive speeding
- Fatigued driving
- Ignoring traffic signs/signals
- Improper lane changes
- And more
The negligent behaviours of truck drivers can have profound, life-altering impacts on injured accident victims and their families. Because trucks so significantly outweigh regular passenger vehicles, a truck driver involved in a collision with another car may be able to walk away from the accident with no noticeable injuries. However, the occupants of the passenger vehicle could easily lose their lives, or sustain severe, even catastrophic injuries.
If a negligent truck driver caused a collision in which you sustained compensable injuries, our truck accident lawyers serving Sydney Mines may be able to help you recover financial compensation. By working with our Sydney Mines truck accident lawyers, you may be able to pursue damages from the negligent truck driver and, depending on the circumstances of your case, from their employer, as well.
That is because trucking companies also have a responsibility to exercise reasonable caution when hiring drivers and creating delivery schedules. If a trucking company retains a driver with a history of unsafe behaviour, or assigns their employees schedules requiring them to drive for unhealthy stretches of time, they may be considered negligent when accidents ensue.
To review the circumstances of your case with our truck accident lawyers serving Sydney Mines, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today and receive a free initial consultation.
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Our Sydney Mines truck accident lawyers have a history of fighting on behalf of injured members of the local community. At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we believe no one should be forced to pay for someone else’s wrongful behaviour. If you were injured because of a truck driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
To learn about options for financial recovery that may be available to you, schedule your free initial consultation with our truck accident lawyers serving Sydney Mines by contacting Preszler Injury Lawyers today.