Truck Driver Negligence
When you are driving next to a semi-truck or 18-wheeler on the road, you can take comfort in knowing that the driver is highly skilled at operating their massive vehicle and has additional licensing and certifications to do so. However, no amount of licensing will guarantee that a trucker will always act responsibly and safely, which is why negligence of all sorts can factor into trucking accidents — as with all vehicle accidents and all types of drivers. While no amount of money can undo the damages that you have suffered in a truck accident, the good news is that victims of accidents caused by another’s negligence have a right to seek compensation for a wide range of impacts.
According to the Legal Information Institute, negligence is the “failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances.” As you can imagine, this covers a wide range of actions (or inactions) that a truck driver can carry out. We have provided a few of the most common examples of negligent driving below.
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Examples of Negligent Driving
The following are just a few of the many ways that a driver can operate a vehicle negligently. Whether or not you see the cause of your accident mentioned below, simply contact us now for a free consultation and learn more about your rights and options as a victim of someone else’s negligent behavior.
Driving While Intoxicated
Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is extremely dangerous. It increases the risk of an accident by slowing a driver’s reaction times, reducing their ability to perceive potential hazards, and lowering their situational awareness among various other effects.
Speed limits are posted for a reason, and when everyone obeys the posted speed limit, the risks of accidents (and the severity of accidents) are reduced significantly. When a truck driver speeds, they have a longer stopping distance, less time to react to unexpected hazards, and an increased risk of losing control of their vehicle and heavy cargo.
Failure to Signal Turns or Lane Changes
When a driver signals an intention to change lanes, other drivers know to leave room for the vehicle as the other driver commits to the maneuver. Unfortunately, many drivers either forget or deliberately choose not to use a signal that can cause others to swerve to avoid hitting them or may make contact in an accident.
Driving While Tired
Driving while fatigued seems a lot more innocuous than driving drunk, but did you know that driving fatigued may be as dangerous as operating a vehicle over the legal BAC limit? Truck drivers must adhere to a 0.04 BAC limit (as opposed to a 0.08 limit for adult passenger vehicle drivers), and being awake for 24 hours has the same effect as more than double that limit.
When a driver makes aggressive or threatening maneuvers to intimidate another person on the road, it can lead to an accident in several ways. When a trucker uses their massive vehicle to threaten someone else, the risks and threat of severe or fatal injuries increase drastically, and victims of this dangerous and negligent behavior deserve compensation for their involvement.
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