Truck drivers in Indiana and across the country want to be safe out on the road, but due to the demands of the job along with traffic, inclement weather and the negligence of other drivers, it is inevitable that accidents can occur. Here are some things to keep in mind about truck accident law.
It is well-documented that when trucking accidents occur between a passenger vehicle and truck, the smaller vehicle is more likely to suffer damage. In addition, the passengers of the smaller vehicle are more likely to suffer the bulk of the injuries. For this reason, commercial truck regulations seek to minimize the potential for accidents caused by a truck driver. A commercial driver must be properly licensed. The data shows that a driver whose commercial truck license is suspended is more likely to get into an accident.
A truck driver must get the proper amount of rest, so regulations limit the number of consecutive hours on the road. Plus, the driver’s load is regulated by weight standards. The trucks and corresponding equipment must always be in good shape. There is also a limit on the amount of hazardous waste that can be hauled in order to prevent dangerous road conditions.
Individuals who are involved in an accident with a commercial truck may wish to seek legal help. If the accident was caused by the truck driver, the victims may be eligible for damages like medical expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship and pain and suffering. First, though, the case has to go through the legal process. A personal injury lawyer may be able to gather the proper evidence that shows the trucker was negligent, and therefore, caused the accident.