Although many truckers are responsible professionals, those who are careless and less than diligent behind the wheel can present a big risk to other motorists on the road. Similarly, trucking companies can contribute to this risk when they fail to live up to their obligations regarding truck drivers, their fleet of trucks, etc.
At Murphy & Associates, PLC, our Louisville attorneys have extensive experience determining when trucker and/or trucking company negligence has played a role in causing accidents. While our lawyers are skilled at establishing such negligence in any legal setting, they are also ardent advocates who will fight to help truck accident survivors maximize their financial recovery.
Examples of Truck Driver Negligence
The actions or behaviors of truckers play a critical role in about 88 percent of all large truck accidents.1 Some common examples of such truck driver negligence that can result in collisions include (but are not exclusive to):
- Driving while impaired or intoxicated – The legal limit for commercial drivers like truckers is 0.04 (or half of what it is for drivers with standard licenses).
- Speeding, tailgating other drivers or otherwise violating traffic laws
- Driving while fatigued or exhausted – This form of negligence can result in similar impairments to drunk driving.
- Distracted driving, which can be any action that takes truckers’ focus off of the task of driving
- Failing to comply with hours-of-service (HOS) regulations
- Overloading trucks and/or failing to properly secure loads
- Failing to inspect and/or properly maintain trucks, which can increase the chances that vehicle equipment will malfunction/fail.
Examples of Trucking Company Negligence
Trucking companies’ negligence can also manifest itself in various ways, including (but by no means limited to) companies:
- Failing to conduct background checks on drivers – This can lead to the hiring of truckers who may have a history of impaired driving, traffic infractions or other issues that can compromise public safety on the roads.
- Failing to train truckers or otherwise ensure they have enough experience to safely operate commercial vehicles
- Encouraging (or pressuring) truckers to violate HOS regulations – This can present itself as incentivizing truckers to deliver loads ahead of schedule, setting unrealistic delivery schedules, etc.
- Failing to properly inspect and/or maintain its vehicles
- Encouraging drivers (or other staff) to overload trucks
- Failing to discipline truck drivers who have violated any safety regulations
- Failing to abide by any state and/or federal trucking regulations
Louisville Truck Accident Lawyer at Murphy & Associates, PLC
Have you been injured in a truck accident? If so, contact a trusted Louisville truck accident lawyer at Murphy & Associates, PLC for experienced help pursuing compensation and justice.
At Murphy & Associates, PLC, our team of experienced lawyers is dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have been injured by negligence. This means that our Louisville attorneys are always ready to:
- Aggressively advocate our clients’ rights and defend their interests
- Stand up to insurance companies, trucking companies and other daunting opponents
- Work diligently to craft our clients the strongest possible cases
- Help our clients obtain the full amount of compensation they deserve so they can focus on moving on with their lives
1: According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration