Big rig accidents are starkly different from normal vehicle crashes because of the state and federal rules and regulations that apply to them. Semitruck drivers and the transportation companies that employ them, for example, are beholden to special maintenance requirements, rest time requirements and smartphone usage rules.
For this reason, passenger car drivers who have been injured in a crash should keenly look for specific liability issues following a collision. Here are three potential semitruck liability concerns that are most important to watch out for:
Was the driver who caused the crash adequately trained?
Truck drivers must receive appropriate training if they expect to stay safe and accident-free. This special training involves courses that teach drivers techniques to maneuver large and lumbering 18-wheelers through traffic and at loading bays.
It also includes courses that teach drivers about truck driving safety concerns and defensive trucking techniques. Truck drivers and their employers must show proof of safety course completion in court when the driver's safety training record is challenged.
Did the transportation company institute a compensation structure that encouraged the driver to speed or skip on rest time?
Many transportation companies offer their drivers bonuses that promote early or on time deliveries. This can promote speeding and skipping legally required rest breaks.
Was the truck driver's delivery schedule unrealistic? Similar to the above problem, many trucking companies institute unrealistic and stress-inducing timetables for their drivers. This could force a driver to take extreme risks out of fear of losing his or her job.
When you or a loved one suffer a catastrophic injury caused by a negligent truck driver, seek the medical attention you need immediately. Next, explore your legal option to determine if you can pursue financial compensation in court.