Semitrucks are extremely heavy, making them slow to stop, slow to maneuver and slow to accelerate. The slowness makes them more likely to get into a car accident, and the heaviness results in extreme and catastrophic injuries and damages when they do.
Because the dangers associated with big rigs are elevated, special laws apply to the drivers of commercial trucks and the transportation companies that employ them. These laws will come into play if someone injured by a semitruck decides to pursue a personal injury claim to pay for their damages.
Here are some of the most common elements that may be involved in the typical truck accident lawsuit:
— Was the truck driver fatigued? Did he or she get adequate rest during the trip. Did the driver fall asleep at the wheel?
— Was the driver distracted by a smartphone, food, or a passenger riding inside the truck?
— Was the truck driver speeding?
— Were any traffic laws violated?
— Was the truck driver hauling a load that was over the weight limit? This would serve to decrease maneuverability and stopping ability.
— Did maintenance issues or neglect contribute to the accident?
— Was the driver properly trained and appropriately licensed and certified?
— Were any department of transportation regulations violated?
Depending on the answers to the above questions, all of the above issues and more could potentially contribute to the strength or weakness of a potential truck accident lawsuit. If you have questions about the viability of your potential truck accident claim, the personal injury lawyers at Johnston Moore & Thompson are available to talk with you about the pursuit of a claim for financial damages.