Like all other drivers on the road, truck drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely and stay up to date on all current laws and regulations. For drivers who operate semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and multi-trailer trucks, the responsibility is even greater. When it comes to potential responsibility in a trucking accident, there are a variety of ways the driver or trucking company could be at fault for the incident.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Some of the common trucking driver errors include:
Decision errors: When a driver makes a serious judgmental mistake that causes an accident. This can range from misjudging speed and following other cars too closely to general speeding, making illegal maneuvers, or assuming actions on the road that end up being incorrect.
Non-Performance errors: If a driver completely fails to carry out his or her duty to operate safely, it can potentially be an opportunity to place fault. This includes falling asleep at the wheel due to fatigue, physical impairment (either of the moment or with a prior history), and those who are under the influence of drugs or another intoxicant at the time of the accident.
Inadequate performance errors: These include instances where a driver overcompensates while on the road or just has general poor control of the vehicle (directional or otherwise).
Recognition errors: These are when a driver fails to properly assess and respond to a potentially dangerous situation on the road. The most common is driver distraction, which includes cell phone use, navigation, or anything else that takes his or her eyes off of the road.
Types of Damages Available for Trucking Accidents
If you’ve been hurt in a trucking accident, you may be able to recover compensation related to:
- Loss of income
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress
- Other potential damages
This is why it’s important to consult a trusted trucking accident attorney who knows the ins and outs of what may constitute further legal action. Call Rabb & Rabb, PLLC today at (520) 888-6740 to learn more and schedule a free consultation.