Truck Driver Negligence
When you go out on the road, you do so with the assumption that your fellow drivers are exercising the same care and caution as you. That is because a driver who is negligent can pose a huge risk to other drivers on the road. That negligence could take many different forms; the driver could be intoxicated, sleepy, or distracted. Any one of those kinds of negligence could lead to an accident. In a regular vehicle, an accident can have devastating consequences, so you can only imagine the kind of havoc that could be wreaked by a negligent truck driver.
The amount of damage that a negligent truck driver is capable of causing could be catastrophic. Trucks are far larger than other vehicles on the road and they outweigh them by thousands of pounds. That means a truck accident due to negligence could leave the occupants of other vehicles in a very bad way. That is why anyone involved in an accident caused by truck driver negligence should call Kent Spence as soon as possible. He is a Wyoming truck accident attorney with over thirty years of experience.
He will use all of his experience when he fights to make sure that you get the compensation you need for any medical bills, repair bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other expenses caused by the accident. The trucking company will have a team of lawyers on their side; that is why you need Kent Spence on yours.
What Are Examples of Truck Driver Negligence?
There are many ways in which the negligence of a truck driver can lead to accidents, the following are some of the most common.
This is one of the more common causes of truck accidents because drivers often work for hours on end without breaks. The guidelines set by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) state that a driver should not operate their vehicle for more than eleven consecutive hours. That is still a very long time and it is possible for a driver to get drowsy during this period. There is also the fact that truck drivers often exceed that limit. When they do so, their judgment and reaction time gets impaired and they can drift in and out of consciousness, both of which are a recipe for disaster.
The long hours on the road mean that some truck drivers will use chemicals to try and stay awake and alert. Those chemicals are usually amphetamines and/or methamphetamines. Those kinds of stimulants simply replace one problem with another as they can make the user agitated and jumpy. That means the truck driver may not always exercise good judgment while under the influence of those drugs. Long term abuse of those drugs could also lead to problems like cardiovascular abnormalities which can cause lightheadedness or dizziness which could lead to further problems for the driver— as well as everyone else on the road.
Aside from illicit drugs, truck drivers will sometimes operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. The dangers of drunk driving are well known by now but those dangers are greatly exacerbated when the drunk driver is behind the wheel of a truck that weighs several tons.
Reckless or Distracted Driving
Truck drivers often engage in the same kind of negligent behavior as regular drivers, such as speeding, tailgating, or texting while driving. However, when a truck driver engages in this kind of behavior, the consequences are far greater since their vehicles are capable of causing far more damage.
Overloaded or Poorly Loaded Trailers
There is a weight limit to what a truck can tow and if that weight is too high, or if it is distributed poorly, then that can cause an imbalance. That imbalance can have a detrimental effect on how the truck handles which in turn could lead to accidents.
Truck Accident Statistics
Most of these kinds of negligence are caused by truck drivers but some of them are caused by the trucking companies. No matter who is at fault, the result is that they could cause an accident that would otherwise have been avoidable. It is important that truck accidents be avoided as much as possible because nearly 5000 people died in truck crashes in 2018 alone according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That means nearly 10% of all fatal crashes were caused by large trucks. In those fatal crashes, it is the occupants of the smaller vehicle who suffer the fatalities nearly 100% of the time.
These statistics show just how dangerous a truck accident can be to smaller vehicles on the road. That is why any truck driver or trucking company that causes an accident due to their negligence needs to be held accountable. Kent Spence is the Wyoming truck accident lawyer who will hold their feet to the fire and fight to get you or your loved ones the compensation that is needed.
Kent Spence Will Fight For You in Your Truck Accident Negligence Case
The number of truck accidents each year is far too high. The number of truck accidents that are caused by truck driver negligence each year is far too high. The number of fatal truck accidents each year is far too high. The possible consequences of truck driver negligence mean that anyone involved in one needs to contact truck accident lawyer Kent Spence as soon as possible.
He will use his experience and expertise to try and get you the compensation that you need. Considering how severe a truck accident can be, you will likely need more compensation than you would in a regular car accident; Kent Spence is the Wyoming truck accident attorney who can make sure that you get it.