If you’ve been in a crash that involved a truck, then you know firsthand just how devastating it can be.
When an automobile and truck collide, it’s the car that usually loses. That’s why you need to seek the assistance of an attorney who understands the ins and outs of truck accident cases. If you don’t, you could end up not receiving fair compensation for your pain and suffering.
You should know that truck drivers work long hours and are often under pressure by their employer to complete their tasks by any means necessary.
This sometimes results in employees taking dangerous shortcuts that amount to negligence. For example, drivers are required to perform rigorous pre-trip inspections.
While on the road, they must also perform or have:
- periodic brake checks,
- a trailer load that is properly secured, and
- adequate rest and sleep times.
These rules apply to drivers of all types of trucks such as:
- tanker trucks (including those carrying hazardous materials),
- freight trucks (such as UPS, U-Haul, and Mayflower trucks),
- slow-moving trucks (such as bulldozers, wide-load convoys, and farm equipment),
- shuttle and tour buses, and
- almost all other 18-wheelers, big-rig, flatbed and tractor-trailer combinations.
If you need more information, call Stapleton & Barrera for a free consultation.