Truck drivers are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility. They are tasked with driving trucks that may weigh up to 80,000 pounds. These trucks can be difficult to control and maneuver at times, and thousands of accidents involving tractor-trailers occur every year in the United States. Many of these accidents are caused when a truck driver attempts an illegal maneuver.
Illegal maneuvers are certain actions that are prohibited while driving. For example, you have probably noticed signs that say “No thru trucks” in certain areas. Unless these truck drivers are making a delivery in the area, they are not allowed to drive their 18-wheelers in these zones. Failing to follow these instructions may lead to accidents.
Many truck drivers may also attempt U-turns in certain areas. Making a U-turn can have serious consequences. Even small vehicles may be involved in accidents when they try to make a U-turn in an area that prohibits them. Attempting such a turn in a large tractor-trailer may quickly lead to an accident.
The pay of many truck drivers depends on how quickly they can deliver their cargo. However, truck drivers are required by law to limit the hours they drive in a day and to take breaks every so often. Still, many truck drivers fail to follow these rules, and they may ignore traffic rules as well. They may try to pass other cars or make turns where they are not allowed. These reckless actions put other drivers in danger.
Most truck drivers cross numerous state lines as a part of their jobs. Therefore, they are required to abide by both state and federal laws. Truck drivers have a duty to operate their trucks in a safe and reasonable manner. If they do not, and they cause an accident, they may be liable for the damages that result. For example, if a truck driver causes an accident with another driver, the trucker may be required to pay medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other such damages.
Truck companies may also be held liable for an accident. For example, if the truck driver had been ticketed numerous times for making illegal maneuvers on the job, and the company kept the driver as an employee, the company may be liable for its negligent retention of that particular driver. Similarly, if a truck driver with a questionable driving record was hired by a trucking company and subsequently caused an accident, the company may be held liable for negligent hiring.
In these situations, a personal injury attorney experienced in truck accidents is a valuable asset.
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