While we must all share the road equally, the reality is that larger vehicles on the road can do much more harm to the smaller ones. Other motorists, motorcyclists, and travelers are often responsible for accidents too and may have been negligent due to distracted driving, drunk driving, being drowsy, or just in a hurry, but when a truck driver is at fault, the results can be catastrophic—and that is why they must never forget the incredible responsibility they have to practice extreme diligence on the roads and watch out for others. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and it begins with the trucking company.
Large corporations are usually responsible for hiring well-trained, experienced truck drivers, but still some individuals may slip through the cracks with poor driving records, or they may have bent the rules and drove too long and became drowsy, or they may simply have failed to pay attention, causing a rear end collision (this is the most common reason). Most of us would like to think that truckers and the companies who hire them are looking out for everyone else on the road, but sadly there are many cases where they falsify records so that drivers can stay on the road longer (and illegally), or out of desperation when the workload is heavy, they may hire drivers who have inferior records and may have even caused serious accidents before.
While one motorist hitting another from behind could result in a car crash and serious injury, there is much greater chance of the incident resulting in a mild fender bender; in fact, there may be no damage at all, and a police report may not be filed since there is nothing to discuss further. In a truck accident, however, there is the potential for extreme property damage and extreme physical harm. Injuries such as whiplash and general cuts and contusions are expected in a minor car accident, but with a truck accident the motorist or even everyone involved could be killed. More serious injuries may include traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, paralysis, amputations of arms or legs, multiple fractures, and other serious issues that could be long term.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
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