All drivers have a duty to drive in a safe and cautious manner while they are traveling on public roadways. Since truck drivers are responsible for driving trucks that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, they must exercise extreme caution as they travel from place to place. They must be sure to yield the right of way, to check blind spots before changing lanes, and to travel at a reasonable speed.
Truck drivers who travel too fast for conditions pose a real danger to themselves and to other drivers around them. Traveling too fast for conditions does not necessarily mean that a truck driver is traveling above the speed limit. It simply means that, given the present conditions on the road, the truck driver is going too fast to maintain safety.
When a truck driver is cited for traveling too fast for conditions, it may mean the truck driving is speeding through any of the following conditions:
- Heavy traffic
- Construction zones
Even traveling well below the posted speed limit may lead to a citation for traveling too fast for conditions in these situations.
Accidents caused by traveling too fast for conditions
Speeding is a leading cause of accidents. When truck drivers speed and cause an accident, they may be liable for damages that they cause. In addition, the companies they work for may also be liable for the accident.
Truck drivers may be liable because speeding is a breach of the duty to drive in a reasonable and careful manner. However, speeding alone will not result in a claim. For a personal injury claim to stand, a victim must show that the truck driver’s speeding was the proximate—or direct—cause of his or her injuries. For example, consider a truck driver who is traveling too fast for conditions in icy weather. The truck slides down a hill, hitting another vehicle. The driver of the vehicle suffers a broken leg. This victim must demonstrate that the impact of the accident caused the broken bone. Through medical records and witness testimony, the victim’s attorney will demonstrate how the accident impacted the victim.
If a company failed to properly screen a truck driver’s driving history before allowing him to drive one of its trucks, the company may be held responsible if it is determined that the driver had a worrisome driving record. Similarly, if a trucker employed by the company has received several citations, but the company continues to allow the truck driver to work for the company, the company may be liable if the truck driver causes an accident.
Did a speeding truck driver cause your injuries?
If you were a victim in a speed-related crash, let the accident attorneys at Stein & Shulman help. Our attorneys have over forty years of experience and have helped clients obtain maximum compensation under the law. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your claim, call 312-422-0500 today.