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Proving Truck Driver Negligence

Proving Truck Driver Negligence

According to the US Department of Transportation, in 2012 there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in car crashes involving large or commercial trucks. This was a 4% increase from the year before. When drivers are given the privilege of driving a motor vehicle they are morally and legally obligated to follow a duty of reasonable care.

A duty of reasonable care is the obligation that certain actions should be taken or avoided in order to maintain your safety and the safety of others on the road.

Examples of reasonable care include:

  • Watching the road
  • Stopping at a red light
  • Yielding when required
  • Following the speed limit
  • Performing required maintenance on your vehicle
  • Refraining from distracted driving
  • Leaving a safe distance between you and the car in front of you

Commercial truck drivers are also required to follow a duty of reasonable care while operating their vehicles. If a driver has breached their moral and legal obligations of reasonable care, then they can be made to pay for their negligence.

Common Causes of Large Truck Accidents

According to a study done by Federal Moto Carrier Safety Administration, the three most common causes of large truck accidents include the following:

Running out of the travel lane: This means that the involved truck has either merged into another lane, or run off the road and into the shoulder. When looking at truck accidents, 32% of the time, this was the cause of the accident.

Vehicle loss of control due to speeding, cargo shift, systems failure, or poor road conditions: When driving a commercial vehicle, it is imperative that the driver remain cautious and aware of the road conditions, speed limits and current status of their cargo. In looking at the reason behind truck accidents, this was the cause 29% of the time.

Rear-end collisions: Often this occurs when a truck driver has failed to leave enough room between themselves and the car in front of them and/or they have been speeding.

Common Examples of Atlanta Truck Driver Negligence

If you’ve been involved in a collision with a truck driver, you may want to familiarize yourself with the most common examples of truck driver negligence on the road. Truck drivers are often driving 14 hour days and hold extremely erratic sleep schedules. Many drivers fall victim to using copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake during their shift.

Below is a list of some of the top driver-related factors found in the study performed by the FMCSA.

How We Can Prove Truck Drivers’ Negligence

Our Atlanta truck accident attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. You may believe your insurance carrier is on your side in helping you get the most compensation for your loss, but this is simply not true. Your insurance carrier will likely try and avoid paying you the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, you need someone on your side who will fight with your best interests in mind.

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