Any driver can make a mistake. With truck drivers, however, there are federal rules and regulations in place to help prevent errors on the road. For example, truck drivers must keep a log of when they drive, including hours on the road and time when they are stopped. This is to demonstrate that the driver is in compliance with federal laws regarding the amount of time he or she can be on the road without sleep or a break. When drivers violate those laws, it can lead to serious accidents as they become fatigued.
In addition to driver fatigue, common errors and negligent acts that can lead to accidents include:
- Distracted driving from using cellphones, computers and other electronic devices while driving
- Unsecured cargo or overloaded cargo
- Failure to properly maintain the commercial vehicle, including maintenance of brakes and tires
- Excessive speeding or sudden lane changes
- Reckless driving in poor weather
- Drunk driving and drugged driving
- Excessive fatigue
Certain times, trucking companies will push their drivers to work too hard and too long of hours. When this happens, we can pursue claims against the trucking company as well for its negligent behavior. This allows us to obtain the maximum compensation for you.
Most American industries are facing significant challenges in our current economic state. Everyone is trying to do more with less. The trucking industry faces this challenge more than many other industries. With the increased gas prices and other financial challenges, everyone involved in truck driving is doing everything possible to increase efficiency.Unfortunately, this pressure to cover more miles in less time occasionally results in truck drivers pushing the limits of safe driving. Although this is understandable, when dangerous driving leads to serious accidents, the drivers responsible need to be held accountable for the costs and damages that result.
At Ryan Montgomery, Attorney at Law, LLC, we serve clients throughout the Greenville and Columbia areas in all types of truck accident cases, including accidents caused by dangerous driving. At our law firm, we understand the challenges you are facing and we are committed to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve for the full impact the accident has had on your life. Attorney Montgomery and our entire team will take the time to work with you personally and represent your interests aggressively.